The first heat is coming and, for those who decide to visit Rome by bike, nothing is appreciated as a sip of fresh water.
Rome, by the street, offers high quality water.
In 1874 the Mayor of Rome, Luigi Pinciani, to whom everyone thanks!, made a series of public fountains.
Cast iron, about 120 cm high. And heavy 100 kg., The fountains, free of charge, were provided with three dragon-shaped vents; The water ended the fall in the sewer, through a grate at the road level. In the following years, the design of the fountain pens was changed: the three decorated nozzles left room for a single smooth can. The shape of the cannula is at the origin of the nickname “nasone”, which the Romans attributed to the fontanelle. Some dragon-shaped nozzles can still be found in Piazza della Rotonda, via San Teodoro, behind the Roman Forum, and in Via delle Tre Cannelle.
The Roman “nasoni” exceed the number of 2000 units, and offer refrigeration with the same water flowing in the houses; Very fresh, indeed, for the continuous flow.
In Rome, there are also travertine-built fountains; Are called “imperial lupa”, since the water spilled from a brass lump. This type of fountains was installed in the 1920s and 1930s; Some seventy, located in the Roman parks and at the Olympic Village, remain in operation.
The nozzle of all the fountains has a small hole in the top. Tap with the finger the main outlet of the nozzle, the water plunges upward; A little trick, and drinking becomes easier and hygienic.
Throughout, the Roman fountains at our disposal are 2,552 !!!
Cycling friends, fresh water at will for all !!!
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