Sunday, April 05, 2015

Italian environmentalists are worried about safeguarding the environment? Really?

Many Italian environmentalists, like other people around the world, are very worried about protecting the environment.  But what about the 2,200 “nasoni” (big noses), the little water fountains that can be found pretty well ALL over Rome, the ones that 24 hours per day and 365 days per year spew out crystal clear (drinkable) water?  Isn't that a TOTAL waste of precious resources?

And what must many poor Africans say, the very same people who have to walk several miles every day to fetch clean water?   They must naturally think that Italians are a bunch of screwballs (apparently, more than one war has been started over the lack of clean water).    No way of putting a tap on these fountains so that ALL this water isn’t uselessly wasted?  Oh sure, when you go jogging during the hot summer months (like I do) these small fountains can be convenient, but with over 2,000 of them in Rome that EVERY single day spew out all this fresh water, isn't it simply a total waste of the precious stuff?

Many years ago Rome dog owners complained in the local papers that when they take for a walk, especially during the summer months, their beloved mutts, if they were to put a tap on the nasoni (thus preventing the waste of water), then their dogs wouldn't have fresh running water as the water would be boiling and would stagnate in the fountains’ tubes!  

What did Einstein once say, that there are only two things which are infinite in the world, the universe and man's stupidity?  I mean, really, just think of what a poor African must think upon hearing those totally insane words….

(A "nasone" at Via Pandosia in Rome) 



(Another "nasone" at Via Numidia in Rome) 



(Three other "nasoni" at Via Tracia in Rome) 





(Three "nasoni" in Rome's Villa Celimontana) 




(A nasone at Piazza Tuscolo) 

(These five nasoni are located in Piazza Re di Roma in Rome.  They're not about 50 meters from each other too.  Thank God that one of them doesn't even work!)








(This nasone is on Via Appia Nuova, and about 200 meters from the five fountains at Piazza Re di Roma!)






(A nasone at Via Flaminia in Rome)
 

   


(A nasone at Via Marcello Prestinari in Rome)






(A nasone in Via Tomacelli in Rome) 





(And one in Piazza ai Monte d'Oro in Rome)






(And how about one in Vicolo della Vaccarella in Rome?)





(A nice one right next to the Italian senate, in Via degli Staderari in Rome)





(A nasone at Via Imera in Rome)





(And one near my place at Via Ceneda in Rome)







(A nasone in Via Fabriano in Rome's San Basilio neighborhood) 





(And one in Via Morrovalle in Rome's San Basilio neighborhood) 





(A nasone in front of Rome's military hospital at the Celio, Piazza Celimontana) 






(A nasone at Via Annia in Rome)





(A nasone at Via Di S. Vito in Rome)






(And one at Via Paolina in Rome)
 






(The fountain at Piazza Barberini in Rome)






(And also merrily playing away with water at the nasone at Via della Posta Vecchia nera Piazza Navona in Rome)






(A nasone at Via di S. Nicola De' Cesarini in Rome)
 





(The nasone at Piazza San Giovanni in Rome)







(Another nasone at Piazza San Giovanni in Rome, about 100 meters from the one above)






(One in the central Piazza Venezia. While perhaps not per se a "nasone", it does nevertheless throw out clear, clean water 24 hours per day!)

 




(A nasone in Via della Lungaretta, in the Trastevere part of Rome)






 (Another one in the Trastevere part of Rome) 






(So much also for the Vatican telling us to conserve water.  This one is at Largo del Colonnato, right next to the Vatican!)







(A nasone in Via Orazio in Rome)






(A nasone in Piazza Zama in Rome)





(Here below two nasoni at the Giardino Pantalica in Rome)






 (A nasone at Via Aquitania in Rome)

 





 (A nasone at Via Latina in Rome)






(A nasone at the market at Piazza Epiro in Rome)





(A nasone right on front of the Baths of Caracalla and FAO hqs in Rome)




 (And one near Rome's Circus Maximus)  





 (Three nasoni on the famous Appia Antica in Rome)  








(And the "Mother" of all nasoni, apparently the very first one built and set-up in central Rome, not too far away from the Quirinale Palace and Piazza Venezia!)







 (A nasone on the central Via Nazionale in Rome)

 




(Two nasoni located in the courtyard of the Visconti high school in central Rome)






 (A rather particular nasone-fountain on Via Lata in central Rome)






 (A nasone on Via dei Sabelli in Rome)







  (And one on Via dei Marsi in Rome)






  (And another one at Via dei Lucani in Rome)






  (A nasone at Via di Porta Castello in Rome)
 





  (A nasone in Piazza Sauli in Rome)






  (A nasone in Via Giustino De Jacobis in Rome)






  (A nasone in Via Filippo Tolli in Rome)

 




  (A nasone in Via Rosa Raimondi Garibaldi in Rome)



   

(A nasone in Via Appia Antica in Rome)





(A nasone at Via Diana in Rome)





(And one in Via Dei Tribuni in Rome)
 




(And one in Via Alessandria in Rome)





(And another one in Via Mantova in Rome)





(And how about one in Via Cagliari in Rome)





(And also one in Via Magna Grecia in Rome)





(And one in Via del Merano in Rome)





(And two just a few meters apart in Viale Manlio Germozzi in Rome)







(And one in Via De' Catinari in Rome)





(Another "mother of all fountains" in Via De' Catinari in Rome)






(A nasone in Via G. Carini in Rome)





(And one in Via di S. Pancrazio in Rome)






(And one in Viale Pietro Canonica inside Rome's Villa Borghese)






(And one in Via Statilia in Rome)






(And another one in Via Panisperna in Rome)






(How about one at Largo della Polveriera in Rome)






(And one in Via Eleniana in Rome)






 (And another one in Via degli Ausoni in Rome)







(And one in Piazza Mastai in Rome)






(And one in Piazza del Risorgimento in Rome)







 (And one in Via Germanico in Rome)






 (And another one in Via Pompero Magno in Rome)





(And one in Via Jacopa De' Settesoli in Rome)




(And another one at Via Merulana)



(And yet another one on Via Panama)