Have you ever been to Venice? Many of you have, I know. And I’m also sure that some of you have asked this question: is Venice water drinkable?
I get asked this question many times, both from some readers and from people (also Italians) when I am in Venice. Well, what’s the answer?
Is venice water drinkable?
Yes, Venice tap water is safe. In fact you can find many fountains here and there along the narrow calli and the colorful campi. Nevertheless, I’m sure some people are still not convinced.
That’s why some time ago I started thinking about a post like this one to reassure everyone. And by chance I came across 24 Bottles.
24 Bottles is an Italian company, producing beautiful eco-friendly bottles. It was created by two young entrepreneurs from Emilia Romagna. The two friends were travelling in Sicily when they bumped into a wonderful bay ruined by rubbish and abandoned plastic bottles. So they started thinking about the project and later on they managed to produce these useful bottles.
I immediately loved their mission. They managed to
- Avoid the use of plastic bottles.
- Reduce pollution.
- Gain carbon neutrality, enabled through the Worldwide Reforestation Projects by Treedom.
- Create a forest (named Oxygen) made of plants and trees of orange, coffee, cacao, mango and avocado.
I decided to contact them and ask if they were interested in my idea, and so here we are.
I get to choose 2 bottles. And I chose:
- 500ml “Ice white”
- 330ml “Little buds”
Both in the Clima version, i.e. double walled so to keep drinks hot or cold for many hours.
The test in Venice
I went to Venice with my husband on a Sunday late morning to enjoy a romantic lunch together. And we took advantage of our new 24 Bottles to quench our thirst, filling up our bottles at the water fountains we bumped into during our passeggiata.
We had to take some pics, so Venetians and tourists looked at us like we were crazy, but whatever, I knew what I was doing. I wanted to prove that tap water in Venice is absolutely potable.
If I drink it, you can drink it too. Right?
Think that, just when I was about to fill one of the bottles at a fountain in Cannaregio, an Italian tourist asked me for reassurance about the water. I said yes, signora, it’s absolutely potable. I drink it all the time. So she filled her bottle too.
I must say that the “Clima” feature was the main convenience. Being able to sip fresh water whenever we wanted was a real plus. Very refreshing. And that can be of utter importance when going around and about a city in summer.
More about 24 Bottles
You can choose between 2 types of bottle: Urban or Clima.
- Urban bottles are extra light weight bottles, made of stainless steel (approximately 100g).
- Clima bottles on the other hand are double walled so to keep drinks hot (for 12 hours) or cold (for 24 hours). Surely they weigh more (about 200g), but they’re worth the effort, since you can have the pleasure of drinking cold water at the beach or during a tour in summer.
Each model comes in different colors or pattern. There are bottles in green, blue, yellow, white, red, silver, and so on, including some cute patterns like the one I chose.
I must say that the one with the “Little buds” pattern was a great success with all the ladies who saw it on my Instagram stories. It is indeed very nice.
24 Bottles Features:
- BPA free
- Suitable for all beverages
- 18/8 Stainless steel
- Zero emissions, CO2 neutral
- Flight safe (as long as it’s empty)
! While I have to point out that only the uncoated stainless steel models are dishwasher safe. I invite you to read carefully the FAQs on their website.
I’d be curious to try their accessories, like the sport lid or the bottle holder. Must be handy when going on a bike ride.
Every time you refill your Urban and Clima Bottle instead of buying a disposable plastic water bottle, you save 80 grams of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere.