Is Florence Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Safe to drink?yes
Passed the WHO International Standard or the EPA Standard?yes
The estimated price of bottled water in USD(1.5-liter)$0.49

Tap Water in Florence Safe for Drinking?

The tap water in Florence, Italy is perfectly safe. Most cities in Italy provide potable water. The country belongs to the first-world country and follows the EU standard in terms of water quality.

Florence tap water

Tap water can taste like the chlorine that is used to purify it, and when health-conscious Italians detect chlorine, they regard it as something that fa male (‘is bad for you’). It doesn’t help that in 2008, Italy’s most widely read daily, Corriere della Sera, reported that Italy’s water quality wasn’t exactly sparkling.

Most Italians prefer bottled water. Italians love bottled water, largely rejecting ‘the mayor’s water,’ a campaign to coax people to draw from the tap. Some even pour bottled water for their dogs and in their Moka coffee maker. How did drinking bottled water become a habit? Well, it comes down to taste and marketing.

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Source of Water in Florence, Italy

The primary source of tap water in Florence, Italy comes from surface water of Arno river located in Tuscany and is treated by Publiacqua at their Anconella plant. The river originates on Mount Falterona in the Casentino area of the Apennines and initially takes a southward curve. The river turns to the west near Arezzo passing through Florence, Empoli, and Pisa, flowing into the Tyrrhenian Sea at Marina di Pisa.

The water goes through six stages of purification, which I won’t attempt to explain as they include mind-boggling words like ‘chiariflocculazione.’ The Anconella plant is one of the most advanced of its kind in Europe.

Some of the Convenience Stores in Florence

  • Despar
  • Upac
  • Meta
  • Coop
  • MG MiniMarket
  • Supermercato Vivo
  • ViviMarket
  • Pegna dal 1860
  • Rashid Grocery
  • Sfiie Asian Mini Market
  • II Bottegone
  • Lidia

Estimated Price of Bottled Water

1.5 liter$0.49€0.45£0.39

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