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.