Even the sound of water gushing, splashing and gurgling down ancient drains is refreshing. A brief introduction to Rome’s water spouts.
This is a classic drinking fountain. In Rome we refer to them as ‘nasoni’ or big noses. The design is unchanged since their introduction in the late 1800s.
The nose of the nasone is a curved iron pipe with a small hole on the top. To drink you plug main tap with your finger and water sprays up into your mouth. Piazza Navona, Rome.
Of course drinking fountains come in all shapes and sizes. This one is in Piazza San Pietro, at the Vatican.
Street cleaners drinking from an elaborate fountain with multiple taps just outside the Vatican’s colonnade.
The only change from the original design of the nasone is that the animal-head-shaped taps kept disappearing and so were replaced by simpler metal pipes. At the Pantheon they still have the original version.
This rare triple nasone enjoys a wonderful location on some steps not far from Piazza Venezia.
Even ornamental fountains always have an easy-to-reach spout for drinking some of that wonderfully cold Roman water.
The water you get for free in the streets is at least as good as the bottled stuff you buy in shops. So in Rome it’s reuse, refill, refresh, repeat.
Wow just look at this wonderful sarcophagus we just dug up! Let’s just take the dead guy out and recycle it as a drinking fountain… Piazza del Popolo, Rome.
These are the drinking spouts of one of the world’s most beautiful fountains: Fontana di Trevi.
A narrow cobbled alley somewhere in the heart of Rome. a small courtyard, some restaurant tables, lush green plants, a huge parasol. The only sound is from the water gurgling. Can’t blame this tourist for wanting to take a little home with him.