Rome is famous for it’s accessibility to water and modern Rome is no different. If you’re planning on visiting the Eternal city, especially during the summer, invest in a water bottle! It’s a great way to save Euros from your travel budget! There are fountains everywhere known as nasoni where you can fill up with fresh, clean water.
I can’t stress enough how grateful you’ll be to have it during June, July and August. Buying water from vendors is expensive and the same goes for restaurants. And when you’re in the middle of the Roman Forum and the Mediterranean summer gets to be a little too much, you’ll be glad you have some water. Plus, there’s a nasoni on the Forum. Make a game of it and see how many historical places you can fill up at. Holy water, anyone?
Here’s some more in depth articles, one that has a video to demonstrate how to use a nasoni. You laugh now…
The Nasoni: Rome’s Ubiquitous Public Fountains
Can You Drink from Rome’s Water Fountains? Really?
And yes, there’s an app for that.
Through no fault of their own, many churches across Rome have become known for the art that’s inside, rather than the church itself. Here’s a list of a few:
San Luigi dei Francesi
Santa Maria della Popolo
Santa Maria della Vittoria
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
For traveling on a budget, these sites are an excellent way to see some masterpieces while escaping from museum entrance fees. Plan on visiting churches early in the morning or in the evening, since churches have a tendency to close for a long lunch break, often noon to four. Also remember that these are still working churches, with daily services, especially on Sundays.
No those aren’t leaky taps. Those constantly flowing spigots are one of the remnants of ancient Roman engineering. Thanks to aqueducts constructed thousands of years ago, Rome has 2,500 water fountains, known as Nasoni for their big-nose like shape. The cold water that flows from the fountains comes along aqueducts that run seventy miles before arriving in the city.