If you get thirsty while walking around Rome, don’t panic! There are more than 2000 drinking fountains all over the city, you just have to learn the trick to drink from nasoni. Here’s how to drink water in Rome.
The first nasoni (noses) were built all over Rome in 1870, sourcing water straight from the Apennine mountains. If you have ever seen one, you will understand the name. They do look like big noses, with fresh and refreshing water constantly pouring.
Most nasonis are in the center of the city, ready to offer you some water to drink or to wash your face with after a long walk on those tricky yet charming cobblestones!
The Best Places to Look for Nasoni
Trastevere, the famous neighborhood mainly known for the many good restaurants and nightlife, has many nasonis to offer. During the day, as you stroll in its beautiful little streets (where you want to buy a house and move there forever basically at every corner), have fun trying to spot them all. Grab a slice of pizza from La Renella and start walking. You will run into one before you even realize how thirsty those anchovies and zucchini flowers (delicious on pizza together) just made you!
Monti, another must-see part of Rome, has a nasoni right in its main piazzetta. If you are one of those people that gets thirsty after eating ice cream, you have to stop there. Sit on the stairs by the big fountain in the middle of the square and enjoy the view!
3. Campo dei Fiori
You will also find nasoni in Campo de’ Fiori square where, in the morning, there is probably one of the most colorful markets of Rome. Stands with fruit and vegetables, flowers, dried fruit and much more, all surrounded by typical cafés and restaurants, will certainly give you an authentic experience of what living in Rome must be like! Buy whatever fruit makes your mouth water and rinse it under the fountain.
You will also find the so-called fontanelle, little fountains attached directly from walls where you can fill up your bottle if you randomly see one right as you are running out of your water!
4. Piazza di Spagna
Fresh quenching water can also be found in the famous Piazza di Spagna. The fountain in the middle of the square is not just for aesthetic purposes. It also offers tourists and Romans a refreshing break and a memorable picture setting!
Find Nasoni Online
There are so many nasonis around Rome that someone felt the need to draw a map of them! The Acea website – the company that provides water for the whole city – even gives you the possibility to find the closest one if you just put your address in!
And if you have an iPhone, there is even an app for iOS to find out where these little fountains are hidden!
The Ultimate Trick to Drink from Nasoni
And now that you know where they are, let’s see what the trick to drink from nasoni is:
Use your fingers to stop the water from coming out the big hole. You will see water streaming out from the little hole on the top of the spout, forming a nice arch. Lean over and pretend you are seven years old again, let your face get wet and your hair too. It is clean water directly from the mountain anyway!