On a hot summer's day it is like liquid gold! Day and night, cold, clear drinking water gushes out of Rome's street fountains to the delight and relief of thirsty passers-by.
The street fountains of Rome are known locally as nasoni (big noses), as the curved metal pipe through which the water flows out is thought to resemble a big nose.
This has not always been the case; the original pipes were straight and ended in the head of a dragon. A good example of such a street fountain is still working in Piazza della Rotonda.
The first nasone was set up by the city's first mayor, Luigi Panciani, in 1874. His objective was to provide free, clean drinking water for the people of Rome.
Today, there are roughly 2,200 street fountains. Each fountain bears the letters SPQR, the logo of Rome's comune (city council), and the water arrives from a huge reservoir in Peschiera, which lies 70 miles away.