ROME’S MOST FAMOUS FOUNTAIN
The Trevi Fountain is probably the most famous fountain in the world, attracting thousands of visitors every day. It’s also a famous wishing well, as legend has it that if you toss a coin into the fountain, you will return to Rome one day.
It’s the must-see fountain in Rome. It’s also a beautiful spot that you’re sure to recognise from many films and TV shows.
Unsurprisingly there are crowds of tourists, so you’ll have to fight for a good photo opp!
Keep an eye on your valuables when you’re taking photos or making a wish.
Last Modification: 20.04.2023 | Céline
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at a glance
What is there
The Trevi Fountain, or Fontana di Trevi, is the most famous fountain in Rome, if not the world.
Every day, thousands of visitors come to admire its grandeur, take photographs and make a wish while throwing a coin backwards over their left shoulder into the fountain.
Legend has it that you’ll make it back to Rome someday if you do this.
The Rome city authorities regularly extract the coins from the fountain and in recent years have collected an average of EUR 4000 every day. This money is put towards preserving the city’s many monuments and tourist attractions.
The Trevi Fountain was designed by the architect Nicola Salvi in the late gothic style and built between 1732 and 1762. Unfortunately, Salvi died in 1751, so did not live to see the fountain completed by Giuseppe Pannini. Standing 26 m high and 50 m wide, Salvi’s imposing design has become one of Rome’s most prominent tourist attractions.
The three main figures in the centre of the fountain stand under a triumphal arch, believed to have been inspired by another of Rome’s fountains – the Fontana dell’Acqua Felice (Fountain of Moses).
In the centre stands the sea god Oceanus and in front of him Tritons on sea horses rise up from the water and stonework. To the left and right, Oceanus is flanked by two figures symbolising Abundance and Salubrity.
The reliefs above the fountain depict a young Roman girl showing the source of a spring to Agrippa’s soldiers. On the left side, Agrippa is seen directing his soldiers to build the aqueduct.
Next to the Trevi Fountain there is a hidden entrance to the underground fountain system. The Città dell’acqua! This area can now also be visited and shows the Trevi Fountain from a completely different perspective!
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