Drinking from the Big Nose

Nasoni Rome Roma

Drinking fountains are everywhere in Rome, quite useful in a city where temperatures hover above 35C in the summer. These cast-iron fountains are known affectionately as nasoni, or “big noses,” due to the Pinocchio-esque appearance of their spouts. The design dates back to 1872, when the first twenty fountains were installed. Today, there are over 2,000 in the city, most of them emblazoned with the ancient Roman motto SPQR (Senatus Populusque Romanus).

Water flows continuously from these fountains, making it easy to refill your water bottle. For those who prefer drinking directly from the fountain, there’s no need for uncomfortable contortions…

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…just stop the flow with your hand and water will come up through a little hole on top of the faucet. Ingenious!

This entry was written by Patrick Donovan , posted on Saturday September 19 2009at 02:09 pm , filed under Art and Design, Europe, Heritage and Preservation and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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