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"One, two or three coins?.." Trevi Fountain - Fontana di Trevi Tip by iblatt

Trevi Fountain - Fontana di Trevi, Rome: 337 reviews and 550 photos

  Fontana di Trevi by night
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      Fontana di Trevi by night
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  • Fontana di Trevi and the admiring tourists - Rome
      Fontana di Trevi and the admiring tourists
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  • Posing for the camera... Fontana di Trevi - Rome
      Posing for the camera... Fontana di Trevi
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  • Fontana di Trevi - Rome
      Fontana di Trevi
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The most well known of Rome's many fountains, and the largest one; a place of "pilgrimage" for tourists from all corners of the globe; a cool, refreshing place to escape the summer heat; the terminal point of an ancient Roman aqueduct; a great Baroque artistic project; one of the more romantic sites in Rome...
Fontana di Trevi is all of these.

According to the legend, a virgin led the ancient Romans to the spring which was to become the water source for the city for 400 years: the "Aqueduct of the Virgin" was constructed from that spring to the city, and a fountain was built at its endpoint, at the Baths of Agrippa. The endpoint was at the meeting of 3 roads: tre via, hence the name "trevi".

The present magnificent 26 meter high Baroque fountain was finished in 1762. The whole place looks like huge opera props: the facade of a palace, the larger than life statue of the mythological Oceanus, the allegorical figures of Abundance and Salubrity, a snake drinking water from a cup... and on the semi-circular, theater-like stairs are hundreds of tourists, sitting and enjoying the sight, the sound of the gushing water, taking lots of photos, and performing the cult of throwing coins into the fountain. One coin will guarantee your return to Rome, two will make you fall in love (with a Roman, most probably), and three coins will supposedly make you marry that person.

So, how many coins will you throw in the fountain next time?!

Address: Via delle Muratte, 9, Roma, Italy 00187
Directions: On a lane leading east of Via del Corso. Look for the sign or just ask anyone.
Phone: +39 06 0608

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  • Updated Sep 27, 2011
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