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Curiosity: the NASONE (big nose)!

Curiosity: the NASONE (big nose)!

03-12-2015

When in town the heat becomes oppressive, nothing pleases like a drink of fresh water. Rome, on the street, offers water quality.

Made of cast iron, about 120 cm tall. and heavy 100 kg., the fountains, of free use, were equipped with three vents in the shape of a dragon; water ended the fall in sewer, through a grate at street level. In the following years, the design of fountains was modified: the three jets decorated gave way to a single torch smooth. The shape of the torch is at the origin of the nickname, "nose", which the Romans attributed to the fountains. Some dragon-shaped nozzle can still be found in the Piazza della Rotonda, in San Teodoro, behind the Roman Forum and Via delle Tre Cannelle.

The "big noses" Roman outnumber the 2,500 units, and offer refreshment with the same water that flows in the home. Very cool, indeed, for the continuous flow.

In Rome, there are also fountains made of travertine. They are called "the imperial wolf", as the water pouring out from the head of a wolf brass. This type of fountain was installed in the '20s and' 30s. They keep running seventy, located in the Roman parks and the Olympic Village.

The nozzle of all fontanelle has a small hole in the top. Tapping with a finger the main exit of the nozzle, the water welling up; a little trick, and drinking becomes more easy and hygienic.

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