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Nasoni give you water since 1870s


No other city in the world can boast as many public drinking fountains as Rome, where there are 2.000.

These little fountains are called Nasoni, literally meaning large nose, because of their characteristic design: most Nasoni share a design in the shape of a column. The form of the water spout varies but most nasoni have a metal spout protruding at mid-height which looks like a nose. Mid way up the column they have a spout in continuous flow of drinking water. The spout has a small hole on top from which you can drink by closing the main hole with one hand.

Its fountains are sufficient reason to visit Rome.
(P. B. Shelley)

The city of Rome began installing nasoni in the 1870s to provide a water supply for citizens. Aside from the social-welfare benefits of supplying drinkable water to citizens, nasoni serve as needed ventilation valves for the Roman water-supply system. In addition, constantly flowing water keeps the water in the pipes from stagnating, which might otherwise allow bacteria to proliferate. While this has been criticized by some as a waste of drinking water, only 1% of the water is lost because of the nasoni running continuously, compared to nearly 50% of water lost due to old and leaky pipes.

There is no chance you will die of thirst while in Rome.

Discover the eternal city with one of ours tour and drink fresh water from a Nasone!