This is the Grandaddy of Roman Fountains: the biggest, the most ornate, most photographed and the one everyone just has to see. Completed in 1762, the watery, Baroque-style wonder was designed by Nicola Salvi from an earlier plan by Bernini. The central figure on the seashell is Neptune, and his seahorses are guided by two Tritons. Trevi is situated at the intersection of three roads - tre vie, in Italian - hence its name. And as the legend goes, toss a coin over your shoulder into the fountain and you'll be sure to return to the Eternal City. I pitched one in 1973 and have found my way back twice since so there just might be some truth to that story? The revenue from all those tosses goes to charity so if nothing else, it's a good use of some small change.
The fountain hogs most of the room in its square and what little space it doesn't fill, the tourists do. And they come here in hordes: it's been mobbed every time we've passed through. Still, the thing is so big that you won't have any trouble seeing it; it just won't be a quiet or romantic experience unless maybe you're here very early in the morning or very late at night. Also, no Fellini-like romping in the pool: Anita Ekberg was allowed; you are not. The square is heavily patrolled to keep a hairy eyeball on potential fountain-paddlers and pickpockets.
There's a good, reasonable restaurant, L'archetto, just a block or two from here - see my review on that.
How many fountains in the world have their own website…or their own Facebook page? Or how many fountains have a daily revenue of €3,000 solely from donations (no admission fee). The Trevi Fountain does. It is one of the most popular sites in Rome, attracting crowds of tourists on a daily basis.
This Baroque style fountain was initially designed by Bernini, who did so much architecture and sculpture in Rome. However, his plan was not carried out many years later after both Bernini and Pope Urban VIII (who commissioned Bernini for the work) had died. While there are some touches from Bernini’s original plans, the final design was by Nicola Salvi with the fountain being finished in 1762 (11 years after the death of Salvi) by Giuseppe Pannini, nearly 150 years after Bernini’s commission.
The location of the fountain rests at the point where three roads intersect and the ancient aqueduct ends – and this is where the name comes from: three roads in Latin is tre vie, thus Trevi. Ancient Romans would mark the terminal spot with a fountain, a custom that Pope Nicholas V reinstated at the Trevi Fountain area. Today, the fountain uses pumps to keep the water flowing.
What is it that attracts the tourists? First of all, it is a beautiful fountain. As the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, it is 85 feet tall and 65 feet wide. The white marble sculptures show Neptune in the center with tritons, seahorses, shells, and snakes balancing out the fountain, giving symmetry to the piece.
So why does the fountain get €3,000 a day in donations? Because there is a legend that if you throw a coin (over your shoulder with your back to the water) into the fountain you will return to Rome. I guess there are lots and lots of people that hope to return to Rome! By the way, the money is used to support feeding the needy in Rome.
The Trevi fountain has seats for people to sit and watch the fountain at all hours of the day. It gets very crowded with tourists taking photos. Unfortunately, when large crowds of tourists gather, the chance that there will be pickpockets will increase. So before you head to the Trevi fountain, ensure that all your valuables are safely hidden away and stay aware of those around you. Then, grab your camera and a coin and enjoy the Trevi fountain!
We walked here from the Spanish Steps, but the nearest metro is Barberini on A line. Like the Spanish Steps the fountain was drowning under a sea of people. However, unlike the Spanish Steps you could at least take a good photo of it by fighting your way through or using a zoom. Would never visit this again either, though.
The Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain are wonderful examples of the over the top Baroque era of Rome.
Piazza navona is an oval piazza built on top of an old Roman circus, that is, stadium. The oval echos the circular race track. The centerpiece is the obelisk and grand fountain designed by the great Bernini. This fountain represents the four quarters of the earth and the great rivers of eachm, Nile, the Danube, the Ganges, and the Rio della Plata. The fountain at one end, showing a moor fighting with a dolphin is one of his as well. The church on the west side Sant'Angese in Agone, was designed by Bernini's great rival, Borromini. The Piazza is filled with cafes, buskers, artists, souvenir sellers and tourists. It might be considered a tourist trap but it's a place filled with energy and definitely worth a look.
the Trevi fountain isn't that far away and is actually the terminus of an old aquaduct that brought fresh water to the citizens of Rome from up to 20 km away. It was designed by Nicola Salvi in the 18th century. The square itself is small and is dominated by the huge theatrical fountain which is set against the side of a building. The crowds around the Trevi are kind of thick even in off season so you might want to go early. It's popular at night as well because it's lit up.
From the Pantheon to the Trevi Fountain is a 10-minutes’ walk. Once there, you are struck by the compactness of the place. It is an oblong area with the famous fountain at one end, shops opposite it, a church to its side and other buildings all around. I counted 3 streets leading from/into this place, therefore, tre vie or Trevi. The streets are, Via De Crocicchi, Via Poli and Via Delle Muratte.
The sculptures themselves are imposing, almost 85 ft (26 m) in height by 65 ft (20 m) in width. The central figure is of Oceanus, in Greek mythology the son of Sky and Vesta, the immeasurable river that encircles the globe. He is holding a wand in his right hand and commanding the Tritons (in Greek mythology, a god of the sea, with the head and trunk of a man and the tail of a fish) below him on either side. The figure on our left is shown attempting to tame an unruly sea horse, symbolic of the turbulence of the sea while the one on our right is leading a docile animal and blowing a conch, symbolic of a tranquil sea. The water flows from the feet of Oceanus.
The two figures on either side of Oceanus exhibits the power of water: the figure on our right, representing Health, holds a cup from which a snake drinks while the figure on our left representing Fertility holds a basket full of fruits while near her left feet is an upturned urn from which water flows. The bas reliefs on the right side above Oceanus, shows the maiden pointing to the Roman soldiers the spot from which a spring emerges. The one of the left depicts Marcus Agrippa supervising the construction of the aqueduct.
Though Bernini was asked to re-build the fountain, it was Nicola Salvi who designed it in 1732. It was competed in 1762. Originally, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa had built it around 19 BC. The acqueduct is the Virgo and was 21 kms long but 19 kms were underground.
The sitting area, in a step-wise fashion, is semi-circular and facing the fountain with three aisles allowing access to the lowest steps. You go down the steps, hunt for a suitable seat, park yourself, unpack your sandwich, open your cold drink and marvel at the sculpture, all the while gazing at the innumerable tourists tossing coins into the fountain. According to tradition, a coin thrown into the fountain guarantees your return to Rome. So you nip down to the base of the fountain, sit with your back to the sculpture, grab a coin in your right hand, pray for a return to Rome and throw your euro over your left shoulder. You’ll see quite a few tourists practice this move a few times before they part with their money. If you can get someone to click you as you execute this move, so much the better. A second coin is believed to ensure an Italian lover and a third coin, marriage to that lover. You can dream on ...
The fountain has been made famous by quite a few movies, especially, 'Three Coins in a Fountain', 'Roman Holiday' and 'La Dolce Vita'. In the last-named film, the scene of Anita Ekberg frolicking in the fountain, with Marcello Mastroianni joining her a few minutes later, is unforgettable (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKN1T3K1idg).
When you tire of the crowd and want a bit of shade, peace and quiet, turn back and slip into the Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi. This church is adjacent to one of the roads that lead into Trevi Fountain. Built between 1646 and 1650, the church is unique in Rome for two reasons. First is the preservation of 25 embalmed hearts of 25 Popes from Sixtus V to Leo XIII within the Church. The second is the depiction of two bare-chested women supporting a cardinal's coat of arms in the Church's facade. It was originally a Roman Catholic Church. However, since 2002, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has been using it.
First Written: Aug. 29, 2012
The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district. Standing 26 metres high and 20 metres wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.
Appropriately for a fountain resembling a stage set, the theatrical Trevi Fountain has been the star of many films shot in Rome, including romantic films such as "Three coins in a fountain" and "Roman holiday", but also "La dolce vita", Federico Fellini's satirical portrait of Rome in the 1950s.
Tradition has it a coin thrown into the water guarantees a visitor's return to Rome.
You can watch my 3 min 20 sec Video Rome walking around the city part 2 out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
To call it a fountain would be an understatment, the scale of this monumental baroque fountain is amazing and spills 80.000 cubic meter of water (2,824,800 cubic feet) everyday!
Unbearably crowded as with most of the attrations in Rome but its more than worth a visit.
According to legend a foreigner who tosses a coin into the Fontana Trevi ensures his return to Rome but I didn't do it, was it a mistake or I was just stingy? I will come back to Rome, that's for sure, but it has to be month of May or June.
Fontana Trevi is the largest and most spectacular of Rome's fountains and was designed to glorify the three different Popes, Clement XII, Benedict XIV and Clement XIII. Set against a large building the fountain is decorated with bas-reliefs and statues which stand upon mighty rocks from which the water gushes.
It was built beginning in 1730 on the site of Renaissance fountain by Leopn Battista Alberti. The emblems and inscriptions of the three Popes are carried on the attic story. The central figure is Oceanus, the personification of all the seas and oceans and is surrounded by Tritons and Sea Nmphs.
We visited on a really hot day in September and the area around the fountain was heaving with people which did detract a little from the experience. However, this is still an absolutely stunning sight in Rome and should not be missed. We did find the presence of quite a number of homeless people and beggars to be a little unsettling.
We approached the fountain gradually through a number of little side streets and piazzas in the area on the way from the Pantheon and stopped several times at various cafes to enjoy a drink in the sunshine. I thoroughly recommend approaching the Trevi fountain in such a relaxed and slow way.
The most well known of Rome's many fountains, and the largest one; a place of "pilgrimage" for tourists from all corners of the globe; a cool, refreshing place to escape the summer heat; the terminal point of an ancient Roman aqueduct; a great Baroque artistic project; one of the more romantic sites in Rome...
Fontana di Trevi is all of these.
According to the legend, a virgin led the ancient Romans to the spring which was to become the water source for the city for 400 years: the "Aqueduct of the Virgin" was constructed from that spring to the city, and a fountain was built at its endpoint, at the Baths of Agrippa. The endpoint was at the meeting of 3 roads: tre via, hence the name "trevi".
The present magnificent 26 meter high Baroque fountain was finished in 1762. The whole place looks like huge opera props: the facade of a palace, the larger than life statue of the mythological Oceanus, the allegorical figures of Abundance and Salubrity, a snake drinking water from a cup... and on the semi-circular, theater-like stairs are hundreds of tourists, sitting and enjoying the sight, the sound of the gushing water, taking lots of photos, and performing the cult of throwing coins into the fountain. One coin will guarantee your return to Rome, two will make you fall in love (with a Roman, most probably), and three coins will supposedly make you marry that person.
So, how many coins will you throw in the fountain next time?!
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