I walked passed this fountain or fontana many times. Initially, it intimidated me. For someone who is Asian living in a third world country, I thought that this was such a waste of precious water. But it looked nice.
After some research and asking around, I gave this a try. It was cool and tasted refreshing. And the minerals were definitely there. Each time I pass one, I refill my water container. Water in this city, Rome is safe for drinking. After all, their Emperors built the aqueduct as early as 572 B.C. from 7 springs outside of the metro for all to enjoy, regardless of sex, status and economic rank. Not more than 80 meters away from each other, there were 1,352 water fountains built for people to fetch, wash or drink.
The Emperors ruled that water is a public resource and not be privatized.
Ingenious engineering, too!