Drink From one of Torino’s 700 Toret Fountains

Those who have visited Torino will surely have noticed these green cast iron drinking fountains dispersed throughout the city. As a matter of fact, there are about 700 of them both downtown and scattered around the different neighborhoods of the city.

The fountain is called a toret, which means “little bull” in the Piemontese dialect, with toro being the Italian word for “bull”. These unique fountains, built in the 1930s, couldn’t be more appropriate since the bull is the symbol of Torino.

I sure appreciate their cold water when I get thirsty while walking around the city, especially in the summer when Torino is very hot and humid.

Local legend says that a different kind of water comes out of the various fountains, but the reality is less romantic; it’s the same city-inspected water that comes out of the taps.


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6 Responses to Drink From one of Torino’s 700 Toret Fountains

  1. Rose says:

    Love those fountains Michelle! Hope you are well!

  2. Tricia says:

    Michelle, you’ve done such a nice job of capturing the fountains from different perspectives, and I like your blend of color images and black and white! In the second-to-last image you’ve juxtaposed the cows with the fountain, right? 🙂

    Two separate times (about 20 years apart!), I’ve spent one day in Torino. I hope to return and explore for a longer period of time.

    • Michelle says:

      I’m sorry I saw this so late. Thank you very much for your comment. Yes, when I was at the park there were cows grazing in the park right near the fountain and I thought it was very funny 🙂 I hope you get to return to Torino.

      • Tricia says:

        Wow, and I wondered if perhaps they were added in Photoshop. 🙂 It’s interesting that the cows really are part of the urban environment!

        • Michelle says:

          Hi Tricia, it’s not Photoshop; there are shepherds who graze sheep and goats in the park, and I used to see those the most, but there were also cows sometimes. It’s the Parco della Colletta in NE Torino if you’re interested. I saw a newspaper article about the sheep once. The animals cut the grass and they definitely fertilize 😀

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