TOURISM TIPS: Acqua, water, wasser, eau, H20 - Big Noses in Rome
A bit off topic, but since it’s a tourist season I decided to compile a list of Big Noses ( “water posts”) of Rome. Of course this list is just off the top of my head, so there are surely plenty more of them. Add yours…:-)
1. Trajans market Climb the stairway that leads to the musei fori imperiali, go past the museum entrance & street that runs downhill (on the right).After 10-20 meters walk or so take anext corner to the right and you’ll find a Big Nose there (next to a roundabout). Centrally located and one of my favourite “refueling points”. Other people seem to like it too, since there is frequently a queue.
2. Forum Romanum, Colosseum, Capitolium and Palatinum.
Thereis a sort of a fountain next to the entrance of metro station. Water comes straight from a wall, but in this case it’s “acqua potable”. Also ca. 10 years ago there was a “water post” on the opposite side of metro entrance and also at the foot of the stairs that lead to Palatine Hill. Don’t know though if they are still in use. On Capitoline Hill, behind Palazzo Senatoriothere is also a “water post”
3. Campus Martius
A Big Nose can be found on the western side of Piazza Campo dei Fiori (next to the statue of Giordano Bruno). There is also a Big Nose atLargo di Torre di Argentina. It’s located on the Nort-Eastern side of the archaeological area.The third waterpost that I can recall is on Via dei Banchi Vecchi that runs parallel to Corso Vittorio Emmanuele. For me this was a real gem, since I had run out of water and was jumping of joy when i heard a familiar sound of Big Nose :). Oddly enough I can’t recall any water posts on the northern side of the area, but surely there must be them (not along the main streets of Corso or Via dei Ripetta though - IIRC)
There is a Big Nose and also a water fountain at Parco degli Aranci (one of my favurite places in Rome btw). Two of the photos are actually taken there
5. Trastevere, Janiculum and Vatican area
My remembrances are a bit vague on this part, but in any case it’s a pretty sweaty climb from Trastevere to Gianigolo. I somehow recall that that there is a “fueling point” near Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. I’m not sure about this but at least there is a one water post at the halfway of the ascent (intersection of V. Garibaldi and V . Gottfriedo Mamelli). I somehow recall that there is also a Big Nose near the top of Gianicolo Hill though I’m not sure of this either. As for northern part of Gianicolo and Vatican area water posts are few and far between. The only one that I can remember is located on Via delle Consiliazione pretty close to river Tiber (on the right side of the street seen from St Peter’s basilica).
6. Railway station area
There is a water post at the Northernmost point of Piazza dei Cincuecento (close to the intersection of Viale Enrico de Nicola and Via Marsala.) This is a good place to fill up your water bottle(s) since IIRC there are zero Big noses on the three main streets (Cavour, Nazionale and XX Settembre) that lead from Termini area towards Forum Romanum. And btw, if you need other refreshments there is a pretty good grocery store just one block away (between V. Gaeta, Solferino and Volturno).
7. Parco degli Aqcuedotti
IIRC on Via Lemonia, just before the entrance to the park there is a playground where you’ll find a water post. Also on Viale Giulio Agricola - a street that leads from metro station to the park - there is a grocery store where you can buy all sort of refreshments. And I certainly recommend that you fill your water bottle(s) before you enter the park, since I couldn’t see any Big Noses there.