Why do italians drink bottled water

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Today we are going to talk about mineral water… More specifically, about the relationship that Italians have with the water that we drink.

Tap water in Italy is completely safe and potable, you can drink from it rest assured that you will not get sick, but many Italians still refuse to and prefer to only drink bottled water. Let’s find out more about this uniquely Italian habit!

This podcast is in 100% Italian – spoken at a slower pace, in clear and authentic Italian. It has been designed specifically as a Listening and Comprehension exercise to help you improve your Italian. Download the bonus PDF for some super useful learning resources, including the full transcript and great comprehension exercises.

Italy Made Easy Podcast is a language learning tool, not just yet another podcast.
It is a great way for you to work on your Italian Listening and Comprehension skills.  

Don’t just listen to this Episode as you would any other Podcast in your native language! 
You are here to improve your ability to speak and understand Italian, and you will if you use these resources strategically.

Below are clear and simple instructions on how you should use these learning materials.


  • Read the TRUE/FALSE questions below; they will help you focus on the main points you need to listen out for.


  • Listen to the audio once. Don’t focus on trying to understand every single word and sentence.
    The aim is to get the overall meaning. What is Manu talking about?
  • Listen to it again and see if you can pick out the key words and find the answers to the questions as you listen.
  • Listen to the audio as many times as you need – the more you listen the more you will understand. Try and identify words that you don’t know the meaning of and look them up.
    The most important thing is that you listen more than once!

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Here are your TRUE/ FALSE Comprehension questions.

You will find the answers to these questions and even more questions in the Bonus PDF.


1. In Italia acqua minerale significa acqua gassata
In Italy “acqua minerale” means sparkling water

2. In Italia anche l’acqua delle fontane decorative è potabile
In Italy even the water from the decorative fountains is potable

3. Spesso in Italia l’acqua del rubinetto è contaminata da germi e batteri
The tap water in Italy is often contaminated by germs and bacteria

4. In Italia c’è stato un solo caso di contaminazione dell’acqua
In Italy there was just one case of water contamination

5. Gli italiani chiamano l’acqua non gassata “acqua liscia”
Italians call still water “acqua liscia”


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