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Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)

Fontana di Trevi
The huge fountain has a size like a pool. In the scorching summer in Rome, everyone has a desire to swim in indeed.
Around the fountain there are many small gelato shops and souvenir shops.

Fontana di Trevi
The Poli palace in the background is one of the parts of the sculptures. On the center there is the god of the sea Neptune. He is riding on a shell-shaped chariot pulled by a marble horse which Triton manipulates.
The terminal of ancient Virgo Waterway. On the 1998, further repairs were done and also modern plumbings were installed.

Fontana di Trevi
A narrow street leading to the Tritone boulevard. Around the fountain is always crowded with lots of people. Especially spring, summer and autumn tourist seasons. You can enjoy this beautiful art masterpiece peacefully only from 3:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Very early morning!

Fontana di Trevi
Asso di Coppe One of the fountain's sculptures on the right wall is "Asso di Coppe (Ace of Cups)". Since this vase has a similar shape of the symbol of the traditional Italian card game, this name had been chosen. It's really similar.

Fontana di Trevi
Rome is beautiful at night. Enjoy taking pictures at dinner time when fewer tourists visit the Trevi Fountain.

Recommend: 5 stars

Trevi Fountain is the largest among the numerous fountains in Rome. Its greatness is competitive as the three fountains in the Navona Square. The falling water under the blue sky and white marbles adds a relief atmosphere and a kind of dignity to the heavy historic area. Located just back from the main street, so the imminent sculpture and the fountain with abundant water appear suddenly at the end of a small street. Its greatness would be much more than your expectation. 

When you come to Rome, please visit here

In Rome, the Trevi Fountain is one of the places which you must visit. This spring is located at the end of ancient waterway Virgo. It was designed by Nicola Salvi, who won the contest in the middle of  the 1700s. This place had become famous for the scene of "La Dolce Vita" of Federico Fellini. There is a legend saying that if you throw a coin into the fountain of your back, you would be able to come back again in Rome. The Ancient Rome had built in total 212 springs. The fountains remaining still now are often characterized by the Baroque style with vital movement of water. This fountain is also one of them.

You can choose a different desire depending on the quantity of coins

About the origin of the famous coin legend, it's not spoken well. There are lots of large and small fountains in Rome and throwing a coin into the fountain means a sacred tradition. That is considered as a custom to calm the spirit of the god enshrined in the fountain. In modern times, throwing one coin may realize that you would be able to come back to Rome again. And throwing two coins may realize that you would be able to stay with your lover forever. Three coins may make you separate from your disliking husbands or wives. A kind of luck charms, anyway. According to the municipality of Rome, those coins thrown in the fountain are collected and donated to charity associations.

There is other varieties of anecdotes concerning this Fountain

The Trevi Fountain has other legendary stories which are less known than the coins. One of those stories is: in the past, since this fountain's water was including no lime, it had been considered as the most delicious water in Rome. And people had used drinking this water. When many warriors had to go to the war, young girls gave a glass of this water as a proof of the sincerity to their lovers. And then the girls had broken the glasses praying for their future happiness. Now it's said that if you would drink this water from the right side of this fountain, you and your lover would be together forever. This water is also known as "L'acqua dell'amore (the water of the love)".

"Asso di Coppe", Salvi's pot

There is another less known anecdote. The right wall of the fountain has a vase-formed statue called "Asso di Coppe". This vase is very similar to the one of the marks of the traditional Italian card game. It's said that when the designer of this fountain, Salvi was producing his work, he was going to a barber near the fountain. And the barber was continuing to interfere about the design, Salvi decided to put something to block the view from the barber shop. The barber is not here now. But you can imagine where it was standing in front of this vase.

The Trevi Fountain is a work of Bracci, designed by Salvi

Salvi obtained the right of production of the Trevi Fountain by winning the contest, but he was ill and it was difficult to start practical works. And he was unfortunately died when only the base of the foundation was completed. The production was suspended and the base was left for some years. Finally Pietro Bracci resumed this big project and completed it in 1762.  Thus, the Trevi Fountain is designed by Salvi and worked by Bracci. You know, a night face of this huge fountain is different. The Trevi Fountain illuminated up in blue is also very nice and romantic.

Name Fontana di Trevi (Fontana di Trevi)
Address Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma-ITALIA
How to reach Get off at the Barberini metro station (line A). 15 minutes walk from the station.
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