The Trevi fountain, a breathtaking sight among the narrow streets of Rome filled with magic that has been an inspiration to many books and films. It is one of the most famous sights in Rome due to its beautiful Baroque style and no wonder it was the spot for the famous scene from the movie La Dolce Vita.
This monumental fountain was built in order to mark the end of an aqueduct that transports water to the whole of Eternal City. The Aqueduct “Acqua Vergine” was constructed in the 19 BC by Marcus Agrippa. It is said that the aqueduct was named after a young virgin that would lead thirsty soldiers to the spring that once existed on the same spot as the fountain today. Historically this was a very important spot for Rome as it provided a vital source of the water for the city.
Recently the fountain has been restored by the Italian fashion powerhouse “Fendi” and so today it can be seen as clean and polished as ever. Yet, the making of the original fountain holds several changes and numerous artists which have contributed to its creation all working under the original architect of the fountain Nicola Salvi who died before completing it but was succeeded by Giuseppe Panini until the fountain completion in 1762. Like many great pieces of art, the Trevi fountain holds a story that is told through its marvellous sculptures which are masterful in a dramatic and symbolic expression. The statues embodied in the fountain are allegorical with each one symbolizing an element of the story, depicting Ocean and the Tritons accompanied by the presence of Abundance and Agrippa that commands the making of an aqueduct and the Virgin that indicates to the soldiers where to drink from. You may be interested to know that the intricate carving of the fountain was made into the same stone(travertine stone) which was used for the making of the Colosseum. The element of water holds a great importance both for the perception of the fountain and the composition, creating a series of metaphors which refer to the sea world.
Once you find yourself in front of the fountain, pay attention to the sound which is produced by the water movement and the subtle coin tossing, it is calming and truly poetic.
This beautiful fountain gathers numerous tourists throughout the year, but the tradition of tossing a coin into the water and making the wish is what everyone comes for. As the legend tells us, one coin thrown with the right hand over the left shoulder will grant you a safe return to Rome in the future, whereas the second coin will grant new romance. There has been a new edition to the coin tossing story after the 1954 film "Three Coins in the Fountain", and it tells that the third coin will grant you marriage. What many people wonder and don’t know is that the coins accumulated in the fountain (approximately around 3000 € each day) are collected at night and given to Italian charity by the name of “Caritas”. Throughout the years there have been several attempts to recreate the famous scene from the "La Dolce Vita" in the Trevi fountain, but don’t try this as it can get you in trouble with the authorities. For a spectacular view of the fountain from the above, Hotel Fontana has a beautiful bar overlooking the fountain where you can enjoy a refreshing drink.
*As part of your tailor-made itinerary, Spotter Travel can take you on a private tour of Baroque Rome where you can discover more about the Trevi Fountain and other treasures of that period