"The Trevi Fountain" Italy Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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The Trevi Fountain is a magnet for visitors to Rome, and is one of the most popular attractions in the city. It is said that if a visitor stands with his back to the fountain and tosses a coin over his right shoulder into the water, he will one day return to Rome. Two coins mean a new romance, and three coins mean a marriage or a divorce.

The Trevi Fountain is located where three roads (tre vie) converged in ancient Rome, hence its present name. That three-road junction was also where the Acqua Vergine, one of the aqueducts that supplied Rome with water, ended in a small fountain.

In the early 1730s, Pope Clement XII organized a design competition for a new fountain to replace the old, unadorned one that had served the area since ancient times. The contest was originally won by Alessandro Galilei, who was from Florence. However, there was such an outcry that a Florentine won over a Roman that the design submitted by Nicola Salvi, a Roman, was accepted as the winner.

Construction started in 1732 and was completed in 1762. Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. It stands 85 feet (26 meters) high and is 65 feet (20 meters) wide. Its centerpiece is a statue that was sculpted by Pietro Bracci and represents Oceanum, the god of all waters. He is flanked by two Tritons. The fountain stands in front of the Palazzo Poli, which was significantly renovated as part of the the construction project.

Directions: The Trevi Fountain is located on the Piazza di Trevi, in eastern Rome.

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  • Updated Nov 10, 2010
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