Italy is the largest consumer of bottled water. This is something you might notice when you are traveling in Italy; you’re almost never offered tap water. This is a left over from many years ago when Italian tap water was considered unsafe. It is perfectly safe – all over the country, but is particularly pure and tasty in Rome.
In the Eternal City, the best water you could drink comes from the many fountains around town. The plentiful water comes in from the mountains through the city’s ancient aqueducts. There’s no need to buy bottled water. Just get your own bottle and hit one of the fountains or better yet, drink it from the fountain itself like the young boy pictured. Do as the Romans do! As our Rome tour guide told us, “Real Romans don’t pay for water.”
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