everywhere in Italy. The sound of water is beautiful to me and
leads to thoughts of music, hence the double theme of this
Fountains are both
monuments and sources of drinking water and are the
centerpiece of many a piazza. The fancier ones are decorative
and always have been, but the smaller ones, "fonanelle,"
were the neighborhood source of water when, not so long ago,
people didn't have running water in their homes. Today you may
see Italians filling up water bottles at fontanelle, not just
for convenience, but because some are known for especially
good tasting water
Travel Tip: The
water from the small fontanelle is usually good to drink. The
way to tell is if it has a sign that says Potabilie meaning
drinkable. Non Potabile means not drinkable.
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Collection - Sightseeing Theme
Collecting fountains is a great way to see Italian cities,
especially during warm weather. You can plan a day's
sightseeing by going from one beautiful fountain to the
next. Be sure to include neighborhood fountains that
people used to use for drinking water, watering horses,
and for doing laundry.
At each fountain, splash a little water to
cool yourself off. Then take a photo of yourself with your
fountain. You can read a little information in your guide
book about the history of the fountain, too.
Imagine a page in your scrapbook or on
your website with pictures of you in front of each
fountain in your collection. One person has put together a
website full of history and pictures of Roman fountains.
Outside of Rome,
you can visit a huge park dedicated to fountains, Villa
d'Este. It isn't like a theme park, but the gardens of
a villa with hundreds of fountains of all kinds. It is a
great place to cool off and have a picnic.
Navona: In Rome, visit the Piazza Navona with its
three magnificent fountains. The Fountain of the Four
Rivers in the middle represents the four great rivers of
the world. Don't read your guide book, but try to figure
out which river is which from the clues in the sculptures
within the fountain. The Piazza is also well know for
street performers so it is a good place to hang out and
watch the street life in the evenings.
Play a Joke on
Someone: Tell someone that they need to turn off the
little fontanella. Guess what? They can't. Nobody can. The
fountains run all the time. They were designed that way to
flush waste through the sewers.
Vacation Rental Reservations
We think rental
properties are great for traveling families: you can eat
breakfast in your pajamas, experience Italian culture ,and
spread out more than in a cramped hotel room.
Are there rental
properties still available for this summer? Yes!
Although many places are pretty full for the summer, we
can still find you accommodations in personally selected
and inspected properties. Here are a few suggestions of
places where there is still 2005 summer space available.
townhouse near San Miniato church has just been
transformed through renovation and tasteful decorating. It
has three bedrooms, air conditioning, and a large, private
terrace. The owner is "motivated," as they say,
to fill it this summer and has good weekly and monthly
rates and will also take stays of less than a week.
Rome: I love
the location of this one
bedroom apartment near Campo dei Fiori, a bustling and
typical Roman neighborhood, smack dab in the middle of
historical Rome. You can fit a family of five in here if
you have to, more comfortable for three. It has air
conditioning and high speed internet access, Satellite TV
for English language programs. There are weeks in June,
July and August available.
the famous Via
Veneto in Rome, another apartment that has just been
renovated together with a motivated owner whose innaugural
season prices are excellent for an apartment that has
location, location and all the amenities (satellite TV,
air conditioning, internet accesss...). Just one bedroom;
the children will be on a sofa bed.
is a Bed
and Breakfast/Apartment hybrid right in Venice. The
room combinations will work for different family groupings
between their two locations: Vivaldi
to the Fountains of Rome
Listen to beautiful
music that was inspired by the fountains
of Rome by the composer Respighi. There is music for
different fountains at different times of day. You could
even listen to it while you are seeing the fountains by
bringing the CD and a player or downloading it to an MP3
I love packing an
MP3 player with songs from Italy and about Italy and
listening to them while I am in Italy. Listen to the
composition about the Trevi fountain in Respighi's Fontane
di Roma while standing in front of the Trevi Fountain. I
am delighted with all the music they hold, hours, and the
quality is excellent. My boys have researched the field
and have selected the iRiver
iFP-190T 256 MB Digital Audio and are happy with it.
language lessons onto the MP3 player would make that
very convenient, too.
More ideas for you
to enjoy before, during and after your travels:
Free Things for Families to do in Italy
guide book and journal offers more than 500 free (or
almost) ideas to help kids and their families enjoy travel
in Italy. It gets them engaged in popular culture, goofy
observations, and strange history.
With the theme of
water, page 145 of the Italy Discovery Journal contains a
checklist of famous and interesting fountains in Rome
along with a snippet of information about each plus room
to add your own discoveries. Page 80 is devoted to Roman
bathing history. On page 109 you'll find out about the
acqueducts and the ancient Roman origin of slushes that
are called granitas in Italy today.
the Word for Water
Acqua is the
Italian word for water. The word is also used to describe
the source of water, so Acqua Paola is the Paola acquaduct.
Look for signs near fountains that say Acqua _______ and
when you find them, you will know the source of the water
in the fountain. We have the English words for colors aqua
and aquamarine, where do you think they came from?
Rentals In Italy
Sleeps 4 + 1
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
Glorious Rooftop Terrace
Piazza Popolo, Rome
Sleeps 4+ 2
Colle di Val d'Elsa
to Hill Town
1 bedroom, 1
Value & Location for Small Family
btw Rialto - St Mark's
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath
Real Noble Palace
2 + 2
Location, Central & Comfortable
Central, Arno View
bedrooms, 2.5 baths
Prati by Sant'Angelo
4 + 2
Florence on Chianti Estate
Sleeps 2 -12
Castle & Wine
Palazzo Santa Croce
2 - 8
Via del Corso
Siena, Patrician Villa and Farm,
2 - 6
btw Capitoline & Trastevere
& Fabulous Terrace
Sleeps 1 - 6
Class & Location