"Fontana di Trevi-Trevi Fountain" Trevi Fountain - Fontana di Trevi Tip by fdrich29

Trevi Fountain - Fontana di Trevi, Rome: 340 reviews and 563 photos

by fdrich29

Roman Legend has it that Roman soldiers, who were burdened with finding a pure source of water, were helped by a young girl who led them to a the source of what would come to be known as Acqua Virgo (after the young girl, who was a virgin). An aqueduct was commissioned by Augustus and built under the leadership of Marcus Agrippa, starting at this source, and brought water all the way into Rome, ending at the location of Trevi, which is shorted from Tre Vie or "three roads". Pope Urban VIII originally wanted to have Bernini replace the fountain originally created for Pope Nicolas V in 1629, but upon the Pontiff's death this idea was scrapped, and his fountain remained unfinished. In1732, Nicola Salvi won a competition to create the new fountain by Pope Clement XII. His fountain was completed in 1762. Trevi is 85 feet high and 65 feet wide and is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. This was our first stop on our trip with ViaTour and Trevi was even more beautiful than I had imagined. It's presence is formidable, one can feel and hear the fountain as you approach it, before it can be seen. Superstition dictates that one should throw a coin into thewater with their right hand over the left shoulder as one has their back to the fountain to ensure a return to Rome. A small price to pay to return to the Eternal City. It's said that thousands of Euros are retrieved from Trevi each day, which go towards the funding of public projects in Rome.

Address: Piazza di Trevi
Directions: In the Trevi district in Rome, Italy
Phone: +39 06 0608
Website: http://www.turismoroma.it/cosa-fare/2742?lang=en

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  • Written Feb 12, 2009
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