If anyone knows that Italians are hospitable, it’s Tour Italy Now readers. Here’s a news story that demonstrates anew the bottomless hospitality of Italians: The City of Florence has opened its newest sparkling water fountain, the ninth in the city. This one is located at the Piazza della Signoria, one of Florence’s most popular tourist spots. So yes… Free Sparkling Water in Florence!
The move is not just about hospitality, it’s about the environment. Italy is trying to come up with ways to reduce the number of water bottles being used by tourists and citizens every year because they choose bottled water over tap water. To encourage everyone to drink non-bottled water, Venice has introduced sparkling water fountains. There is free sparkling water in Cinque Terre National Park and more sparkling water fountains are coming to Florence. Italy is also trying to spruce up its plain old non-sparkling water fountains, to encourage tourists and citizens to use them, too.
Here’s an article, in Italian, from today’s Firenze Repubblica about the sparkling water fountain. And here’s an article by Dr. Peter Gleick, a U.S. water activist and MacArthur Fellow, calling for a drinking-water-fountain led renaissance.
What do you think?