Italy is the first Country in Europe for the number of sources of mineral water, for the quality and mineral diversity of the springs. In fact, the particular morphology of the Italian territory makes it particularly rich in springs and springs. Suffice it to say that in Italy there are 140 bottling companies and over 300 brands of mineral waters are marketed. Each with its own history, with typical organoleptic characteristics and with different nutritional and health properties.
Let’s find out together which are the best known brands of water present in the Italian territory and the less known ones.
Let’s start with the most famous:
A historic water whose springs are located on the hills in Tuscany at an altitude of 900 meters, in the area between Scarperia and Barberino del Mugello, Acqua Panna owes its name to its territory of origin. During the Renaissance, in fact, the “territory of Panna” was part of the hunting reserve of the Medici family in the sixteenth century. Acqua Panna was born in Mugello, in the Tuscan Apennines, which is a completely uncontaminated place rich in history and culture. The source is located deep and always remains fresh and safe, thus making the water microbiologically pure. Bottling is carried out thanks to zero-emission machinery that allows not to pollute the surrounding area. Acqua Panna is suitable for children. Thanks to its lightness, it fully satisfies their dietary needs when combined with an equally balanced and healthy diet. However, it can be drunk daily by everyone. In addition, it is perfect for preventing or treating the accumulation of liquids and residues caused by symptoms such as kidney stones or water retention in a natural way. With its low level of nitrates it helps to expel all the waste present in the body and in particular in the liver and to regenerate cells and tissues.
This water that flows at 2000 meters in the valleys overlooking Vinadio, in Maritime Alps, in the province of Cuneo, has a decidedly recent history, but an emblem of all-Italian entrepreneurship. The company that owns the brand, Fonti di Vinadio Spa, was founded in 1996 and in a few years has managed to become a market leader. The water flows in a completely authentic place, rich in nature and history. The spring is surrounded only by clean air, streams of pure water and rocks from which very few trace elements filter. Bottling takes place thanks to the use of very modern means that deal with extraction and packaging. The whole process has been designed to respect and protect the environment. Sant’Anna water is low in sodium and is suitable for newborns. Thanks to its low percentage of mineral salts, it fully satisfies their dietary needs. Being low in elements such as sodium, it is diuretic and therefore promotes the expulsion of excess fluids and residues from the body caused by kidney stones and water retention. The low concentration of nitrates makes it alkaline, so it is perfect for eliminating waste from the body and in particular from the liver in a healthy and natural way.
San Benedetto mineral water has 65 years of history. In fact, it was in 1956 that the first San Benedetto Group plant was established for the bottling of mineral waters of Scorzé, Fonte San Benedetto and Fonte Guizza, in the province of Venice, in the heart of the Sile Park. The San Benedetto water comes from 5 sources that differ from each other in terms of environment and place. Each source is guarded and protected by environmental standards and completely uncontaminated spaces. Benedicta – it borns in the Dolomites, in Veneto. Primavera – is located in the parks of Majella, in Abruzzo. Pollino – comes from the heart of Basilicata, at an altitude of 430 meters. Primavera delle Alpi – comes from Aosta Valley. Antica Fonte della Salute – is located within a spring in Veneto. San Benedetto water is diuretic. In fact, it has a low sodium content which allows it to go against the symptoms caused by kidney stones and water retention. It facilitates the expulsion of excess fluids and residues from the body through the urinary tract in a natural way. Excellent for children to take thanks to its lightness and purity of mineral salts that satisfies their daily needs, accompanied by a healthy and balanced diet.
Ferrarelle water comes from the slopes of the extinct volcano of Roccamonfina, in the province of Caserta, and comes out with a cold water geyser from the Riardo springs park. The sources of Riardo have been talked about since the times of the Roman Empire. But it was only in 1893, with the canalization system built to start marketing, that the birth of Ferrarelle water was sanctioned. The source is surrounded by nature that reigns uncontaminated. Bottling takes place respecting and protecting the environment of nature thanks to an advanced plant that uses renewable and zero-emission energy. Ferrarelle water is naturally effervescent and rich in calcium. Excellent to take to protect the bones and to integrate this element into the body in a natural way. Thanks to its balanced sodium and potassium content, it improves muscle contraction and regulates blood pressure in the body. Its effervescence helps stimulate proper digestive functioning by acting on the stomach and intestines. The low level of nitrates makes it alkaline and therefore perfect for purifying the body, and in particular the liver, of harmful substances and excess waste.
Levissima is a brand with over 80 years of history. Its source is located in the heart of the Central Alps, in a protected area on the edge of the Stelvio Natural Park, in Lombardy. The whole place is characterized by snow-capped mountains and age-old glaciers that give a spectacular view. The water flows in a completely uncontaminated place and passes through numerous mineralized rocks that give its consistency and its chemical-physical characteristics before reaching the source. Acqua Levissima owes its name to the Latin adjective “levis”, which means “light”. Acqua Levissima is low in sodium and is diuretic. This is why it allows to counteract the symptoms caused by kidney stones and water retention and helps to expel excess fluids and residues from the urinary tract. It can be safely consumed by children as it meets their daily needs. It also helps to balance the content of calcium, sodium and potassium in the body in case of an excess of these latter elements. Its low percentage of nitrates makes it alkaline and therefore essential to regenerate tissues and cells and to purify the body and liver of excess waste. Bottling takes place using sophisticated equipment that does not negatively impact the environment and the nutritional values of the water.
Lete is a historic brand that made its first appearance on the markets in 1893 when the Lete Company began to bottle mineral water. Its source is located in Letino, in the province of Caserta, near the border with Molise. Between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, Lete water obtained its first international recognition and soon, from artisanal production, it moved on to the first bottling plants. The source is located in the middle of an uncontaminated environment rich in vegetation such as green woods and rocky plains that stretch for many kilometers. Bottling takes place with state-of-the-art means, in fact non-polluting devices are used that extract the water without polluting the landscape and without damaging the properties and quality. Lete water is naturally effervescent. It is one of the few waters in its category that is suitable for promoting diuretic functions and for eliminating residues and excess waste from the body thanks to the fact that it is low in sodium. Therefore excellent for fighting kidney stones and water retention. With its effervescence and its elements it helps to stimulate digestion in a correct and natural way by acting on the stomach and intestines. It is also alkaline, therefore perfect for helping the liver and the body get rid of excess waste.
San Pellegrino water flows from sources located on the slopes of the Alps. Known since the 13th century, its springs were appreciated and visited by illustrious people who contributed to spreading its fame. The water of the San Pellegrino springs reached its maximum popularity at the end of the 19th century and in 1899 the Society for the bottling of the water of San Pellegrino was founded which began to be exported all over the world and spread to a vast and cosmopolitan clientele. San Pellegrino is a mineralized sparkling water marketed in different formats. The addition of carbon dioxide of natural origin gives it its characteristic. Being a thermal water, San Pellegrino has beneficial effects on the body, especially for those suffering from stomach, intestinal, liver and biliary tract problems. Each liter of San Pellegrino water is magnesium water, as it contains more than 52 mg of magnesium, useful for digestion and assimilation of nutrients. The digestive action is also favored by the presence of sulphates. By limiting the absorption of calcium and promoting inflammation of the stomach and intestines, the sulphates, however, make the water unsuitable for those suffering from colitis or osteoporosis.
Acqua Uliveto flows from the spring of the same name, inside the Parco di Uliveto located near Vicopisano, in the province of Pisa. It is a water known for its health properties since 1835. In 1898 the first clinical study was drawn up and published which scientifically supported its health properties. The first bottling plant dates back to 1910 and became a real industrial structure with a production of bottles so large that it could be exported throughout Europe. Drinking Uliveto every day, during meals, helps to digest better because, thanks to its particular composition of precious minerals, such as bicarbonate, calcium, magnesium and sulphates, it stimulates the production of digestive juices, facilitating the assimilation of foods and attenuating the sense of heaviness. In addition, Uliveto fights constipation because it is rich in magnesium, which stimulates motility and intestinal transit. The health properties of Uliveto are amply demonstrated by many clinical studies that recommend drinking at least 2 liters per day to effectively combat digestive disorders and constipation.
Less known bottled water brands are:
Acqua Filette flows from the source of Guarcino at 900 meters above sea level, among the mountains of the Lazio Apennines. Here the absence of industries, vehicular traffic and fertilized fields makes the water of Filette one of the purest in the world. The first historical information on the existence of the spring dates back to 400 BC and indicate that it was already known by the Romans who dedicated it to Venus as a symbol of the bond between the goddess and water. Acqua Acqua Filette was bottled for the first time in 1894. The absence of arsenic, the low sodium content, the almost total absence of nitrates and the perfectly balanced fixed residue make this water a precious for health and particularly suitable for daily use. Available in three different flavors: Naturally Natural, Delicately Sparkling and Definitely Sparkling, it is ideal for accompanying the best wines and pairing with the most delicious foods.
Acqua minerale di Calizzano
This plant, founded in 1961 in the Ligurian hinterland, bottles the water from the Fonte delle Anime and Fonte Bauda at 1081 meters above sea level. The springs come from the Maritime Alps, in an uncontaminated beech forest. Today, the Calizzano Spa company works on an international market, exporting its water to 13 countries around the world from North America to Oceania to Asia. The adjuvant effect of this water in the treatment of kidney stones was highlighted after several years of research; besides it, it is recommended for infants too. After a long experimentation at a Milanese pediatric institute in 2007, the water of the Fonti Bauda di Calizzano obtained ministerial recognition which indicates it is optimal for newborns. Therefore it can also be used for the preparation of infant formula.
Acqua Stella Alpina
This company located in Bergamo, it has been bottling water from the Stella Alpina spring since 1956. It is located 900 meters above sea level, and it takes its name from the spring. A water that is born in an inaccessible and uncontaminated area of the Orobie Alps, in Lombardy. The crystal clear waters of this spring are minimally mineralized. Stella Alpina is a water of particular purity and lightness for the taste and above all for the body. Salient features of this water are the presence of trace elements and the almost total absence of potassium. It is particularly recommended for those who have to follow low sodium diets. The balanced presence of trace minerals stimulates diuresis. Its chemical composition also makes it a water suitable for low sodium diets and aimed at counteracting uric and oxalic lithiasis. Due to its health qualities, Stella Alpina mineral water is also an excellent table water with a sweet and light taste.
Sangemini mineral water has always been known as the water of health and well-being. Its sources are located on the Martani Mounts, in Umbria. It was born in particular near the municipality of San Gemini, from which it takes its name. The spring is surrounded by a completely uncontaminated territory and with water basins that allow it to always be kept fresh and safe from possible external threats. The first bottling plant was inaugurated in 1889. Sangemini water is low in sodium and is suitable for sportsmen. In fact, thanks to its good amount of oligo – elements such as calcium, it allows you to immediately replenish your strength after a heavy training session. It can therefore also be drunk before and during exercises as a natural and healthy supplement. It has a low percentage of nitrates which make it alkaline. This means that it helps to purify the liver and the body of excess waste and regenerates tissues and cells. Thanks to the low sodium concentration it is also diuretic. Perfect to drink to expel accumulated liquids and residues from the urinary tract and therefore to counteract the symptoms caused by kidney stones or water retention. Bottling is carried out with advanced tools and state-of-the-art machinery that respect and do not pollute the surrounding area.
The bottling center is located in the heart of the Sibillini Mountains, in the Marche region and collects water from the Panico del Monte Bove at 1300 meters above sea level. Gushing spontaneously at an altitude of 1300 meters and with a temperature of 5.2 ° C, Roana water with low mineral content is microbiologically pure water. Thanks to a system of stainless steel ducts, the water reaches the bottle without coming into contact with oxygen, so as to keep every single property unaltered. Free of phosphates, it has a very low sodium content and practically non-existent sulfate and nitrate residues, notoriously harmful to health if present in high quantities. Roana low mineral content water is very pleasant on the palate, very light, with low mineral salt content. It is perfectly suited for the therapy of kidney stones, favoring the elimination of urates. It also promotes calcium fixation and cell respiration, and is perfect in all cases where “organic mineralization” is required.
Egeria, Acqua Santa di Roma
The spring is located in the heart of the Roman countryside, set inside a cave where the cult of the nymph Egeria was once celebrated. The name of this water is linked to the cult of this nymph, already known to the Romans for its apparent healing skills. The water flows along an underground path that crosses various monumental and cultural beauties right below Rome. For example, it passes under the Appia Antica park and under the Egeria park. Acqua Egeria is rich in potassium. Perfect for balancing the ratio of this mineral in the body. It also has a good presence of calcium and sodium and therefore is useful in helping the bones to strengthen in a natural way. It is excellent for those who practice sports on a daily basis because it allows you to recover the mineral salts lost during training and therefore to recover strength more quickly. Furthermore, being natural effervescent it is an excellent ally of digestion by acting on the stomach and intestines.
Founded in 1960, Fonte Plose, in Bressanone, in the province of Bolzano, draws water from the source of the same name, located at 1,870 meters above sea level. Typical dolomite water, it is one of the lightest waters in the world and with the highest oxygen content. Being in the heart of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, gives further added value to this mineral water. Plose water, with a fixed residue of only 22.0 mg / l and a very low hardness, is one of the purest and lightest waters in the world, and its pH value of 6.6 makes it ideal for being assimilated by the human body. Furthermore, compared to the average of the waters on the market, it boasts a very high oxygen content. Acqua Plose is also characterized by a minimum sodium value, is almost free of nitrates and there is no presence of nitrites. Given the uniqueness and high quality of this water, Fonte Plose does not include plastic bottling, but only produces glass bottles with a sober design designed to enhance the purity of the water itself.
This establishment is located in Molise. The company was founded in 1896 and is currently one of the longest-lived in the spring water bottling sector. In recent years, production within the plant has been increasing significantly. Molisia offers a unique variety of characteristics, stimulates diuresis, promotes digestion, light and suitable for low-sodium diets. Molisia low-mineral water is classified as low-mineral water with a bicarbonate-calcium ionic prevalence, is low in sodium, almost free of nitrites and is characterized by a particularly balanced mineral salt content. Its chemical-physical composition gives it a diuretic and purifying action, allowing it to positively intervene even in the preparation of childhood nutrition. Molisia mineral water is essentially diuretic water, it promotes the elimination of toxic catabolites and its bicarbonate-calcium component facilitates digestion.
Pian della Mussa
Pian della Mussa is a historic mineral water company that has been in business since 1970. The source from which they draw water is located at 1432 meters above sea level, initially it was used to supply water to neighboring lands. The springs of Pian della Mussa, in the Lanzo Valleys, in Piedmont are located in a large basin of granite rocks. The stone collects the water from the snowfields and filters it, drop by drop, giving it a unique mineral composition. Pian della Mussa is among the coldest waters in the world. It flows naturally from the rock at 3° C. Those of Pian della Mussa are minimally mineralized, light and easily digestible waters, with a fixed residue of only 37 mg / l. Thanks to the low sodium content, they are suitable for heart patients and hypertensive patients. Their lightness makes them ideal for feeding children and babies. Pian della Mussa is a company that uses local labor and uses only materials supplied by Italian companies in the production cycle.