Fountain in Italy at sunset

Tourists Should Avoid This Money-Wasting Hydration Mistake In Italy

By Jenna Busch


There is a way to save a little bit of pocket money when visiting Italy. Instead of buying an overpriced bottle of water at a shop, you should use public drinking fountains.
Called "nasone" or "big nose" fountains, these are public spots where you can fill up a water bottle or drink right from the spout. There are more than 2,500 of them in Rome alone.
They may be simple, elaborately decorated, flush against a wall, or freestanding, but all the spouts are cold, clean, and — most importantly — free.
The water in the nasoni comes from the Apennine mountains, and they’re a lifesaver in the summer. Just be sure not to drink from any that say "non potabile'' on them.
Not only does using a nasone save money, but it reduces waste from plastic bottles. Just carry a reusable water bottle and fill it up when you see one.