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Nasoni - Fontanelle Pubbliche, Rome

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  • In the beginning were the aqueducts, to whose presence you have much of the grandeur of the city. Then came the monumental fountains, created to decorate streets and squares; for watering the beasts in these streets and squares were standing; to reuse the Roman Antiquities that the Earth has never ceased to regurgitate and to give prestige to those who commissioned them. They became valuable monuments (and still are), especially when design there were artists like Giacomo Della Porta and Gianlorenzo Bernini. Not much, these masterpieces of water, they were dealing with the thirst of the Romans. On the other hand, to supply the city, was at the time the "acquaricciari", which took water from the Tiber to then distribute it equitably, much more populated alleys as the most elegant palaces. But after 1870 and the long-awaited unification of Italy, with population growth of the city of Rome, it was necessary to reorganize the entire city water system. The solution was represented by a score of cilindrotti in cast iron, weighing a hundred pounds which had to gush fresh drinking water all the time, to use and consumption of the Roman people. There were then at dusk of the 19th century the famous public drinking fountains in Rome. The water came out from three dragon heads, placed more or less half of the cylinder that was leaner than those who are still scattered throughout the city. To them we owe the dialectal name of fountains "big nose" that refers just to the new and more practical welding torch drinking: that smooth and curved with the famous hole from which Gush water. But the first template has not entirely disappeared, are three surviving specimens. One is in the piazza del Pantheon at two steps from the roundabout and its monumental fountain which rightly attracts all the attention. The other is in via delle Tre Cannelle, a side street of via IV Novembre and last meets in via di San Teodoro virtually near the Palatine Hill. For almost two centuries, then, to the Roman citizens and tourists drinking allowed great fresh water free of charge. To find le fontanelle simply pay a minimum of attention while walking. Generally if the street is quiet, before the sound of water, otherwise you need to sharpen the view and focus on the secluded corners, behind a building or at the intersection of two streets. Just come closer, open bottles and bottles and use. For the drink on site, instead, the secret lies in plug the hole of "big nose" with one hand and drinking from Gush that affiorera ' from the small hole on the seatpost: the expedient and most efficient way to solve any problem of hygiene. Yet I come to Rome every year and regularly breaks out the controversy, why so much water for free often seems a waste. Some time ago was launched the proposal to install a faucet to limit consumption, but after just a couple of years of trial it was decided to remove them because the water in the pipes is heated too, stale before you drink. To "denasonizzare" the city, fortunately, is not an option either. That would be a waste needless. First memory.
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  • Give it a go fresh, clean, free and refreshing. Bring along an empty water bottle on your travels around Italy and you will find these everywhere. 
  • I went in July 2015. It was essential that there are these fresh water fountains. Refill the bottle many times because it was very hot. The water is cold and clean.
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