This question has probably been posted before but I was not able to find it.
We are currently traveling in Italy. I am finding that more often than not, waiters are asking if we want water and if I say yes to "acqua naturale," then we are brought a bottle of water and are charged accordingly. It is simply not possible to have the waiter bring one a glass of tap water in Italy? If it is possible, any suggestions for how to go about it?
(I am tempted to act like Jack Nicholson in the famous "5 Easy Pieces" diner scene where he tells the waitress how to bring him a side of wheat toast. Seriously -- I don't want to pull any international faux pas but I also don't want to pay for something that is oh so plentiful in the bathrooms of the hotels where we are so nicely accommodated.)
Many thanks for any enlightenment.