Trevi Fountain

Fontana di Trevi

If you want to meet the first sunlight in the magical place of the Eternal City, do it with a cup of the most delicious coffee at Trevi Fountain, or the Fountain of Love as it is also called. Before 8 am there are very few people here, so there are all chances to take pictures with this tremendous landmark on the background. Standing 25.9 meters high and 19,8 meters wide, the Trevi Fountain is the largest fountain in Rome. The Baroque fountain is the masterpiece of Nicola Salvi though some experts consider that Bernini still had something to do with it. On the background of the fountain there is Palazzo Poli the first floor of which was rented in the 1830s by Princess Zinaida Volkonskaya. Italian citizens remember Russian princess, Roman poors called her Pious and even called one of the streets of the Eternal City after her.

Different Popes were cherishing an idea of the fountain but only Pope Clement XII (his coat of arms can be seen on the top of the fountain) approved Salvi’s design. The fountain personifies the sea: in the middle there is the statue of Neptune, he is carried in his triumphal charriot drawn by Tritons and hippocampi, horses with fish tails. In the niches at the sides of Neptune there are statues of Abundance and Health designed by Filippo della Valle. Other four statues depict times of the year. In the right bas relief a young girl points Roman soldiers at the spring. This Aqua Virgo spring was the one that supplied the aqueduct commissioned by Vipsanius Agrippa in 19 BC. The aqueduct supplied water to the ancient Rome and fed fountains from Piazza Navona to Piazza di Spagna.

It is now time to make a wish! There is a belief that a person who tosses a coin into the fountain is guaranteed to return to Rome once again. Two coins promise you to meet the love of your life, three coins promise the wedding and four coins promise the wealth. When Roman administration got tired of catching the thieves who steel coins from the fountain (the aggregate sum of coins reaches approximately 700,000 Euro annually), the City Hall made a decision to collect the coins and donate them to the Catholic Fund to Fight AIDS. There is another legend related to the tubes located in the right part of the fountain. Young couples are supposed to drink water from these tubes to love each other until they are very old. The Trevi Fountain is featured in many popular movies: Roman Holiday, La Dolce Vita, Madly in Love and many others. If you choose the Fontana Rome hotel to stay in Rome, that occupies the building of the former monastery, you will be delighted to have your breakfast on the terrace right opposite the magnificent fountain!

Address: Piazza di Trevi
How to reach: metro Barberini
Coordinates: 41.900956, 12.483304