The Sistine Chapel, the Vatican City, Colosseum, Florence City, Tuscany, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and gondola ride in Venice will all be on the list of anybody traveling to Italy. But when you visit Rome, don’t miss the most famous and beautiful fountain in Rome, if not the world – the Trevi Fountain. Apply for a Schengen visa for Italy. Read about the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) as you make plans to visit Rome, the eternal city -with the all-important Italy visa in your pocket.
Trevi Fountain – Facts, History and Tips
Location & History: The immense fountain, located in Trevi district in the heart of the city of Rome, was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732. His creation was a scenic wonder. The fountain is situated at the end of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct at the junction of three roads – Via di S. Vincenzo, Via del Lavatore, and Via della Stamperia.
This aqueduct supplied water to ancient Rome that was considered Rome’s softest and best tasting water. The water flowing through the fountain now is recycled water and not suitable for drinking. The most recent restoration of this ancient fountain was completed in November 2015. You will find the fountain is a short 10 minutes’ walk from the Spanish Steps.
Description: The fountain is 26 meters high and 49 meters wide and is the biggest fountain in Rome. It is considered a late Baroque masterpiece and combined the palace front and fountain. At its center is the statue of Oceanus, who stands on a chariot pulled by sea horses, accompanied by tritons (mermen). One of the winged horses is calm and obedient, the other is boisterous and symbolizes the changing tides of the sea. The fountain also features statues of Abundance and Health. All are carved out of Travertine stone from nearby Tivoli.
The myth of coin throwing: The fountain is extremely popular as it is believed that by throwing a coin once into the fountain over your left shoulder with your right hand, you will return to Rome. If you throw two coins, you will find a new romance. If you throw a third coin, you can expect to marry your love. Remember to stand with your back facing the fountain and keep your eyes closed as you throw the coins.
Coins for Charity: The coins are collected every night from the fountain and given to a charity called Caritas. This charity gives rechargeable cards to Rome’s poor families, to help them get groceries. It is considered illegal to steal coins from the fountain.
The fountain in films: The Trevi Fountain is quite famous in films too. “Three Coins in the Fountain” is one of the movies in which the fountain is pictured. The film’s main title song “Three Coins in the Fountain”, sung by Frank Sinatra, went on to become extremely popular. Other movies that featured the Trevi Fountain are “Roman Holiday”, “The Lizzie Mcguire Movie”, and “La Dolce Vita”, starring Anita Ekberg & Marcello Mastroianni. In 1996, the fountain was draped in black crepe to honor the Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni after his death.
Best time to visit: According to locals and travelers, the best time to visit and admire this iconic masterpiece in its full majestic glory is at the break of dawn or in the evening. During both times you get to view this beautiful fountain in different lights and enjoy its splendor. But if you go late at night or very early in the morning, the beautifully lit baroque architecture can be viewed and experienced in comparative solitude sans large crowds.
Something more: Explore the underground through the entrance on the side street not far from the Trevi. See the sources of water that flow through to the fountain and the ruins of a Roman house. Appreciate the multilayered levels in which Rome is built. You may need the help of a guide for this.
Some tips: Be alert and beware of pickpockets and keep your valuables safe. Do not swim, put your feet in the water, climb or sit on any portion of the fountain structure. You will be fined for these actions. Go early in the morning or late at night, avoiding crowds, to get better photographs of the fountain.
For many people, Trevi is a must-visit place that helps to recharge their internal batteries. Let the sound of the water flowing through the fountain calm you and fill you with peace. It is also one of the places that can be visited for free. Just sit there, enjoy the beautiful scenery and sculptures, or chill out with your friends and family. Create memories and unforgettable photographs here. The many eateries around the fountain ensure you don’t go hungry as you sit and gaze at the most beautiful fountain in the world.