Rome drinking water

Oct 6th, 2007, 07:15 PM
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Rome drinking water

How is Rome's tap water? My tap water smells like clorox so I only drink bottled water when I'm at home. I heard that bottled water is very expensive in Rome so I was just courious. Thanks
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Oct 6th, 2007, 07:59 PM
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Perfect. I have visited many times, including just last year, and always drink the tap water -- and have never, ever become ill. (And I do not have a cast-iron stomach, either!)
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Oct 6th, 2007, 09:41 PM
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Hý Jan - Lucie's right - Rome water is fine.

I lived on it for 10 years ...

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Oct 6th, 2007, 10:45 PM
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The water in Rome is wonderful. Dont need to use the taps you can fill your water bottle at the street fountains. Clear, tasteless and icy cold. A credit to the city. Cheers Pawsha
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Oct 7th, 2007, 02:15 AM
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You also heard wrong about bottled water. It's very cheap in supermarkets.

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Oct 7th, 2007, 10:41 AM
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Water is Rome is perfectly safe. If you like the taste or not depends on you - I don't - but am used to NYC water. And we didn't find bottled water to be any more there than here.
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Oct 7th, 2007, 11:14 AM
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There's a reason for those aqueducts....

I think it's the best-tasting water in the world.
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Oct 7th, 2007, 11:38 AM
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I think the wonderful taste of Roman drinking water comes from the special mineral plumbum.....

Just kidding, of course.
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Oct 7th, 2007, 11:47 AM
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It's been written about many times, jarantoo, it's some of the best, purest drinking water in the world, as I understand it, because it comes from the mountains-it's spring water.

On the other hand, the drinking water where I live frequetly comes with warnings for pregnant women and immune-system compromised persons not to drink it-and although I don't fall into either of those categories, I wouldn't dream of drinking it unless it was boiled first.
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Oct 7th, 2007, 11:51 AM
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Hi

Yes, the drinking water is fine. When we went there we brought bottles with us when we went from the hotel and we filled these at drinking fountains around town.

Here is my Rome trip report with pictures and links: http://gardkarlsen.com/rome_italy.htm . Maybe you can find some useful information there

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Oct 7th, 2007, 11:54 AM
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Plumbum not Plum Bum All those drinking from roman fountains and taps will testify it tastes great. Right?
 
Oct 7th, 2007, 02:14 PM
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I love being able to fill up our bottles from the street fountains! Free and delicious! No need to worry....
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Oct 7th, 2007, 02:30 PM
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A related question: Do you need to ask for tap water at a restaurant or will you be offered it?
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Oct 7th, 2007, 02:37 PM
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You have to ask for the tap water in restaurants.
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Oct 7th, 2007, 03:36 PM
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Almost all fountains in Rome have excellent drinking water. Just fill your bottle or your mouth.

One quick caveat: If the fountain has as sign that says "impotabile," don't drink!. There are a few fountains like this, the Mask fountain comes to mind.

But most fountains are safe to drink from, and they have no chlorine taste.
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Oct 8th, 2007, 11:39 AM
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Everybody mentions the 'fountains' in Rome for drinking water... do you mean those 'piped faucets' that are free-standing and drain into the pavement or do you mean decorative fountains like in the piazzas? I saw plenty of passersby stop at the 'piped' kind and get a drink or fill a jug, but I don't think I'd drink from a decorative fountain (think pigeons, people, etc). So could you please clarify? Thanks.
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Oct 8th, 2007, 08:50 PM
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Hi

No, I don't think you should drink from the large decorative fountains like Trevi but there are lots of drinking fountains around town. Here is a picture of one of them: http://gardkarlsen.com/rome/fontanel...g_fountain.jpg

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Oct 8th, 2007, 09:35 PM
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Isn't it the water that makes cappuccino in Roma taste like nowhere else? So I've heard. I do know I've never had a better one!
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