November 20, 2017 | Rome, Italy | °C


Should we “not drink the water”?


Q.

I drink only bottled water in the U.S. Are there any special "better" brands?


A.

Calcium-rich Rome water was once the pride of Europe. Since the marketing craze that put bottled water atop the pyramid of eternal health and life, Rome's, faucet and founatin water has taken a hit.

It's absurd since Italian tap water is "tasty," clean, and entirely satisfying. Why spend €2.50 for a small plastic bottle (which messes up the environment anyway, since recycling here is dysfunctional)? That's nearly $4 when you have thousands of fountains, particularly in Rome. Drink four little bottles and you've killed yourself financially for a day (Okay, you can go to the supermarket and stock up more cheaply…)

But whatever you do, don't think for a second that you can't drink the water. If you're wedded to paying for bottled water, you'll find tens of varities, including Panna, Levissima, San Benedetto… it's a long, long list. Naturale means flat; frizzante or gassata indicates bubbly, fizzy or sparkling.

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