Trevi Fountain, Rome
Okay the Trevi Fountain is very beautiful and is indeed a symbol of Rome itself but boy is it crowded. The fountain is where tourist mass to toss coins into the fountain so as they can come back to Rome in the future. I did but I have yet to be back. Maybe someday....
The Trevi Fountain is located in the Piazza Quirinale. Construction started by Niccolo Salvi in 1732 and it took over thirty years to complete. The fountain is a grand example of Baroque architecture.
Unique Suggestions: Go either early in the morning or late at night, when the bus tours have disappeared.
Possibly even more people congregated here than at the spanish steps - even late afternoon it was still packed like sardines.
The fountain occupies entire side of Palazzo Poli and is 20m wide and 26m high.
Designed by Nicola Salvi, this grand fountain was completed in 1762. The central figure Neptune is flanked by two tritons; one trying to tame an unruly seahorse and the other leads a docile animal, thus depicting the two contrasting moods of the sea.
Unique Suggestions: At least throw three coins in the fountain in the hope that when you return its less crowded! If not at least your money has gone to a good cause as it is collected periodically and donated to the Italian Red Cross.
One of the most famous sights in Rome is quite difficult to get near. There are scores of touts operating, trying to sell you anything from cheap bubble making toys, and plastic widgets, to attempting to get you to buy a photograph they have just taken of you. They are an absolute nuisance, and their behaviour is tantamount to harassment. If you are not firm with them, you will have difficulty getting to a decent viewing point. It was astonishing to see how many visitors were actually succumbing to their demands - probably because of the pressure imposed upon them. The authorities really should do something about it. This was in January, what on earth must it be like in peak season?
This one the jewels of the Rome - my mum new and she also new that it is famous for pickpockets. Due to this we were very carefull although mobile phone dissapered out of the purse
Unique Suggestions: Hide walts and purses
the vendors, mostly from India, will hand the ladies a long stem red rose and claim it's free just because you are so beautiful. they will watch you and later demand $20 us dollars...don't take the rose unless you want to pay
The Trevi Fountain is something that you can't miss when visiting Rome! It's a wonderful sight, and well worth a look. Just beware when you're in the area that there are Asian guys wandering around with polaroid cameras round their necks asking people to take their photos. We were lucky that none of them approached us, however they were approaching others, who replied with a simple no. This seemed to do the trick, and they'd wander off trying to find someone else.
We did find the area incredibly busy, and quite crowded. This didn't spoil the atmosphere or anything, but just be aware of pickpockets in the area, like every city. The police presence in the area though was high, and I didn't feel unsafe at any time. Just be aware of your surroundings!
Many people are encouraging you to buy 'souveniers' near the Trevi Fountain. I fyou have young children do not let them see the men with the bubbles who will harrass you until you are completely covered in soap and bubbles trust me I thought I was a bubble machine by the way soap was coming outta my mouth!
Unique Suggestions: Avoid local people and try to stay away from sellers.
Fun Alternatives: Pretend you are deep in conversation and show no interest at all in the sellers otherwise you fall for their trap.
The Trevi Fountain is famous for its beauty, but it's hard to have a moment of quiet contemplation with hundreds of thousands of tourists squashed together, and the risk of pick pockets. I found the crowd itself a much more interesting subject than the fountain...
No but seriously...such a beautiful fountain....once again ruined by too many people and so many other people trying to sell you useless *** while your there. I'm sure in this day and age everyone has their own camera and they don't need a random man at the fountain selling you pictures for 5 or 10 euros. Try the gellato place right there tho its amazing.
Okay...it's not really a tourist trap.........because Rome is getting that money of the Fountain and gives it to charity.
Only....charity takes it herself........with a big stick with a magnet on the end.