Monday, December 21, 2015

Rome, Everyday (10)

If you've been to Rome before then you've probably seen these little guys on street corners. It's not a hydrant, it's a nasone or "big nose".  In fact it's a free and very convenient source of potable (drinkable) water. Either fill your water bottle from the continuously running spout or plug the bottom of the spout with the palm of your hand and water will shoot out the hole at the top of the spout, making a sort of drinking fountain. Word to the wise - you will get soaked trying to use this since it's hard to control the water flow. But it is kind of fun and certainly a life saver in a city where drinking fountains, even in public buildings are non-existent. (Speaking of, that's one thing that I've come to appreciate about the US - the assumption that everybody has a right to drinking water at all times. I can't count the number of times in Italian airports, museums, and other public buildings I have been desperately thirsty because it didn't occur to me that I needed to bring a water bottle along to an indoor activity. So plan ahead if you're coming to visit! Either bring lots of small cash to buy drinks everywhere or a reusable water bottle so you can experience the nasone.)

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