I had been there at about 3AM, lying on the rock and enjoyed the silence of listening to the water, with a very few other visitors - less than a dozen.
The Trevi was the only aqueduct to continue functioning right through the Middle Ages because it is entirely underground. It get its water from eight miles far since 19 century BC.
The art work:
A spectacular Roccoco extravaganza centered around Neptune and his sons the Tritons who guide the horses representing the rough and calm seas.
The fountain takes up the whole facade of the Palazzo Poli.
Where are many sites within walking distance of each other. The fountain is beautiful. It was actually fun to throw my coin in. Our favorite place we had pizza was around the corner from the fountain. Sorry can't remember the name.
The Trevi Fountain is located in the Trevi Rione (quarter) in Rome and is one of the largest in the world. No point writing its history here and about how popular it is. Although... I know how popular the Trevi Fountain is, but I don't know about its history... and surely I'm not alone. (?)
I'll be back tomorrow with a few details of its history then! :)
I love the fountain but I'm always anxious to get out of the crowds there. I don't really like the kind of vibe there anymore. Just wanted to point out that the central statue is not Neptune but Oceanus, the god of all water.
One thing that comes to mind when I hear the word Trevi... I bought original, old prints from Rome, on two visits to Rome many years ago, very near the fountain -- with certificates of authenticity and all. Very pleasant experiences (well for someone who likes antiques.)
So after throwing your three coins in, explore the surrounding small streets, you might find treasures that will cost you all the money you'd set aside to get to Sicily! if you're as bad as I am at resisting temptation... But I never regretted buying those beautiful prints! I still remember the day I bought them every time I look at them.
The FOUNTAIN TREVI is so beautiful, all about Roma. This city have a SOUL and i feel like a angel. One day I would like to live in Roma, Italy. Well, for New year i was been in Roma and 31.12.2008. i meet one boy in FOUNTAIN TREVI at 10 hour PM. I watch him and he watch me. But, we didn´t talking, photograph... nothing, just shy watching. Well today i´m sad because i didn´t say something to him. But i believe in destiny and i can´t stop thinking about him. And I have one request for everyone, please help me to find him. I don´t know nothing about him, is he from Italy or... I just know that he have a so beautiful eyes, black hair and that he was been in FOUNTAIN TREVI 31.12.2008. at 10 hours PM.
Please say something about this yours friends and maybe somebody know something about this. Maybe he is from Italy. I will grateful if we help me, just try. I know, it´s not easy because we don´t know nothing about this boy but maybe my wish come true. Well i have long curly hair, blond hair, blue eyes... I will attach my pic. If you want to ask me something, just ask, please and thank you for all, I´m so grateful. With loves, IK
Perhaps the most famous man made water fountain is Trevi Fountain in Italy. The architecture and sculpture of this fountain is really grand that makes a visitor to perk up and watch it closely. Trevi is crowded almost all the time but the best time to visit it is probably after sunset. The fountain is lit and the lighting provides a romantic atmosphere. It is very difficult to get a good whole picture of Trevi because its is a bit closeted and there is not much space to move further backward to get the whole fountain in a pic.
One of the most common things that people do in Trevi is making a wish and throwing coins into the fountain. Now I am sure its more for fun that truly believing in the wishes coming true.
Three coins in a fountain,
Each one seeking happiness,
Thrown by three hopeful lovers...
Which one will the fountain bless?
Three hearts by a fountain,
Each heart longing for its home;
There they lie in the fountain,
Somewhere in the heart of Rome.
— the opening two stanzas from the 1954 Academy Award-winning song, “Three Coins in the Fountain” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
The Trevi Fountain, Fontana di Trevi, has been celebrated, with just cause, in song, “Three Coins in a Fountain” from the 1954 motion picture of the same name, and in Federico Fellini’s 1960 “La Dolce Vita” when the very lovely, very drunk Anita Ekberg wades through its waters.
This stunningly beautiful architectural masterpiece is an 18th-century success. The fountain was built during the pontificate of Clement XII, between 1732 and 1762. The design, by Nicolo Salvi, was chosen over 16 other entrees. Occupying the rear wall of Palazzo Poli, the fountain is more than 60.5 feet wide and 85 feet tall. The dominant figure, Neptune, was carved by Pietro Bracci in 1762. Two tritons guide their father’s chariot, pulled by two seahorses, through the rocky waters.
The 20-mile long aqueduct that feeds the Trevi is called Acqua Vergine, the Virgin’s Water. The name is connected with the history of the discovery of the aqueduct’s source. One of the bas-reliefs above the fountain (see photo #5) shows a young woman, a virgin, pointing out the spring to Roman soldiers in 19 BC.
The word trevi is a corruption of two Italian words tre vie, three streets, referring to the streets that converge at the fountain. Everyone who comes to Rome wants to ensure a return visit. Therefore, everyone participates in a tradition: to throw a coin into Fontana di Trevi. There is a method to the coin toss: stand with your back to the fountain, with the coin in your right hand throw it over your left shoulder, and smile for the camera (see photos #2 & #3). Not only will you return to the Eternal City but you will be doing good works as well; the coins are periodically collected and donated to the Italian Red Cross. The coin toss has its roots in the early days of Christianity; pilgrims, leaving Rome, would place a coin on St. Peter’s tomb.
Because the coin toss is so popular the area around the fountain gets very crowded. To avoid the crush, visit early in the day; but not too early, or you run the risk of becoming part of the fountain’s cleaning crew as we discovered at 08:00 (see photo #4); we returned 90 minutes later to a clean fountain and fewer tourists.
Fontana di Trevi is the largest fountain in Rome and above all one of the city’s symbols.
It was named after the 3 roads (Italian:tre vie) that were meeting on the site where today is Palazoo Poli (the fountain stands at the rear wall of the palace). There used to be an aqueduct (Acqua Vergine) that was bringing water from a source away from the city(a virgin was supposed to found it back in 19BC). The Goths destroyed it but restored by the popes the next centuries so the fountain we admire in our days dates from the 18th century (designed by Nicolo Salvi in baroque style).
It is 20m wide and 26m high and shows the Kingdom of Ocean, you can see Oceanus(Neptune, the god of sea) with a chariot of seahorses (one of them is wild like sea can be sometimes). There are also some tritons (one of them is old and one young) while there are some other figures and statues around. I liked the fountain during the night too when it is litted (pic 2)
The water flows non stop but what you will see at the large basin are the countless coins the visitors have thrown into. Don’t forget to throw a coin with your right hand over the left shoulder, if you do this you will return in Rome some day. But the legend has more, if you throw 2 coins you will get return and fall in love, throw 3 and you will also get married :) The authorities collect the coins early in the morning and donated to Red Cross
The Trevi fountain is very popular among the visitors, every time we walked there it was packed with people (pic 3) trying to get pictures of themselves with the fountain at the background. When Anita Ekberg played with the waters of the fountain on La Dolce Vita(1960, F.Felini) it was much more quiet around :)
"The fountain is marvellous, despite being very crowded. I explored it with the Iphone App ROMA MOBILE GUIDE (it's also available for Android phones)... it's very cool, full of audioguides and itineraries and almost unexpensive.
I post the site, just in case it may useful to someone:
The fountain is not only the thing to watch on the spot. The place got a church, a supermarket, a cafe nearby. You can find McDolnald's also. If you are planning to visit not in the tour, this information helps you for making a plan a bit. Some places in Roma got only stores for shopping or creative arts for sale.
Legend has it you'll return to Rome if you throw a coin in the water. You should toss it over your shoulder with your back to the fountain. I hope and wish that I can return someday. It is the most famous and arguably the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome.
Trevi Fountain is the place that you can prove that you ve been in Italy and Rome ...If you dont have a picture of Trevi Fountain in Rome and if you didnt throw any money from your shoulder that means that you never been in Roma ....The Trevi fountain, is the largest and most spectacular Baroque fountain in Rome (standing 25.9 meters high and 19.8 meters wide.. was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732 and competed in 1762. isnpired by a schetch of Bernini
Main figure of the fountain is Neptun (God of the sea), flanked by two Tritons.(sons of the god of the sea)It was also the main attraction for the famous hollywood stle movie of "Three coins in a fountain" and "Roman holiday",Frederico Fellini put the last point with "Dolce Vita" tradition is that a coin thrown into the water guarantees a visitor's return to Rome. Personally I m happy with it because I ve return Roma more than necessary.))) try it ....
This impressive fountain is really worth a visit and admiration.
There's Neptune on his sea-shell chariot, pulled by two sea horses, guided by Tritons, then the statues of Abundance and Health on each side... really magnificent.
The monumental fountain was completed in 1762, following the designs of Bernini and Salvi.
The largest baroque-style fountain in Rome and most popularly visited in the evening - The Trevi Fountain. It's steaming with activities at night, people gather around the fountain licking gelatos.
The fountain is monumental with lots of details going on around it. Renovations, reconstructions and even several competitions were held to design the fountain and its details were conducted but finally the construction was finished in 1762.
Nicola Salvi designed this fountain in 1732, and it was completed in 1762. The magnificant baroque fountain is a Rome landmark, and a favorite stop for visitors. Legend has it that anyone who tosses a coin into it will someday return to Rome.
Famed Italian film director Frederico Fellini filmed a scene here for his 1960 movie La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life). The scene, with Marcello Mastroianni and blonde beauty Anita Ekberg, is pure classic Fellini. Seeing this fountain, I couldn't help reminisce about seeing the two of them cavorting around it.
The fountain at the junction of three roads marks the terminal point of the "modern" Acqua Vergine, the revivified Aqua Virgo, one of the ancient aqueducts that supplied water to ancient Rome. Roman technicians located a source of pure water some 8 miles from the city. This scene is presented on the present fountain's façade. However, the eventual indirect route of the aqueduct made its length some 14 miles. This Aqua Virgo led the water into the Baths of Agrippa. It served Rome for more than four hundred years. Medieval Romans were reduced to drawing water from polluted wells and the Tiber River, which was also used as a sewer. The Roman custom of building a fountain at the endpoint of an aqueduct that brought water to Rome was revived in the 15th century, with the Renaissance.
A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. Among those who are unaware that the "three coins" of Three Coins in the Fountain were thrown by three different individuals, a reported current interpretation is that two coins will lead to a new romance and three will ensure either a marriage or divorce. A reported current version of this legend is that it is lucky to throw three coins with one's right hand over one's left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain. Approximately 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain each day. The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome's needy. However, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain.