Trevi Fountain

Trevi FountainThe Trevi fountain stands in the Trevi district of Rome, Italy. There are a few cultural landmarks in this country so if you travel there, this is another sight you should not miss. It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and it stands at about 26 metres high. The fountain used to mark the terminal point of the Aqua Virgo, one of the aqueducts of ancient Rome, which is nowadays called Acqua Vergine. It was somewhat of a Roman tradition to build a beautiful fountain at the end of an aqueduct, but the Trevi fountain is without doubt one of the best-known and most beautiful examples of this.

The central figure of the fountain is the god of the sea, Neptune, who rides a chariot in the shape of a shell which is pulled by two of the mythical sea-horses. The theme of the fountain is meant to be domination and control of the element water, and the figure really captures this well. Nicola Salvi was the architect to design the current fountain, which was finished in 1762 and refurbished in 1998. The fountain is a symbol of love today and it is said that if you throw two coins in, this guarantees a new romance, whereas throwing in three coins will lead either to a marriage or a divorce. Whoever throws in only one coin, however, is said to be guaranteed another visit to Rome.

Generally, it is said that you should turn your back to the fountain, then toss the coin over your shoulder. The money thrown in has been used to help out a supermarket for the poor in Rome, as every day, people throw about 3000€ into the fountain each day. The sound of the gushing water, paired with the beautiful sculpture, as well as the vast palace in the background, dominate Trevi square and makes for a very special atmosphere, especially at night when the fountain is immersed in beautiful lightning.

Ideally, you should visit the fountain with your significant other as it is really a very romantic place with a calm, serene atmosphere that should be taken in with someone else. Even in film, the fountain has been honoured. There is a famous scene in the Italian movie ‘La Dolce Vita’ where the female lead jumps into the fountain naked. The fountain may not have such an interesting and fascinating history as the other landmarks presented on this site, but it is so beautiful and breathtaking that simply its aesthetic appeal warrants a visit.