The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous fountains in the world. This fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome and a must-see for every tourist that sets foot in the city! It’s located on the Trevi square in the Quirinale district, and is 86 feet high and 161 feet wide. Nicola Salvi built the fountain based on the design of Bernini, it was completed in 1762, and refurbished in 1998. The fountain is located on the end of the Aqua Virgo – a Roman aqueduct, that served Romans for over 400 years. The scene sculpted on the fountain refers to the roman technicians who found a source of pure water located 13 km from the city, with the help of a virgin. The central figure in the fountain is Neptune, the god of the sea, and he is riding a chariot pulled by two sea horses.
All you need to know about the Trevi Fountain in Rome
The Trevi fountain is famous for its coin tossing! Stand with your back to the fountain, and toss a coin right over your shoulder. This, if you strongly believe the legend, will assure you a second visit to Rome. You are not the only visitor who will throw his coin away, estimated 3000 euros are thrown every day to the water at the bottom of the fountain. You must wonder where all this money goes, well… all goes to donations! So throw a coin, and you will probably help someone in Rome.
For those of you who love movies, this fountain is featured in several films, “Fontana di Roma”, “Roman Holiday” starring Audrey Hepburn, “Gidget Goes to Rome” and the famous 60’s film “La Dolce Vita” Starring Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni. This is not the only famous attraction featured in Fellini’s film, it also shows the Via Veneto with its trendy cafes and bars such as Café Paris and Harry’s Bar.
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