The Trevi Fountain in the Beautiful City of Rome, Italy

A visit to the Trevi Fountain when visiting Rome, Italy is a must.

You cannot visit the city of Rome, Italy without making a stop at the beautiful Trevi Fountain. This is one of the most famous fountains in the world. The history and legends surrounding the fountain make it a must see when travelling to Italy.

The Trevi Fountain is the largest fountain in the city of Rome. It measures 85 feet high and 65 feet wide. The building behind the fountain is called Palazzo Poli. The Palazzo Poli originally had to be modified to make room for the Trevi Fountain.

I recall the 1954 movie Three Coins in the Fountain that tells the story of three women. Each of the women throws a coin in the fountain to make a wish for romance. The actual legend of the Trevi Fountain is to throw a coin in over your left shoulder so that someday you will have the good luck to return. Be careful how many coins you throw into the fountain. The legend has several different variations. Some say if you throw one coin, you will be sure to return. If you throw two coins, you will have a new romantic encounter, and if you throw three coins, this ensures a wedding. I’ve also read that if you throw two coins that it could ensure either a marriage or divorce.

Regardless of how many coins you toss into the Trevi Fountain, know that the money goes to a good cause. It is estimated that more than $3,500 in coins are thrown into the fountain every day. The proceeds from the fountain are used for charitable purposes. I’ve seen them collecting the coins from the fountain. While they are removing the coins visitors are restricted from getting close to the fountain. I’ve also heard that people have tried to steal the coins from the fountain. It’s hard to imagine anyone trying that stunt.

 When you look at the Trevi Fountain you will see the beautiful statues. The side figures in the niches represent abundance and health. The center figure is called Oceanus (popular belief is that the figure is Neptune the pagan god of the sea) standing on a shell chariot which is being pulled by winged horses that are controlled by two Tritons. The building of the fountain, once a design was chosen, took 30 years to complete.

Construction began in 1732 and was completed in 1762. The fountain stands at the ending point of the aqueduct Acqua Vergine. The water from this aqueduct is said to bring the purest water into Rome, and some say that it even has healing properties. In fact many of the fountains of Rome are products of the aqueduct system. The acqueducts of Rome are an ancient system originally built in 19 B.C. They were partially destroyed by the Goths during the Gotihic Wars in 537/8. The acqueduct system was restored in the 15th century.

         

This is a magnificent piece of art. Something you want to see if you ever visit Rome. Be sure to toss a coin over your left shoulder so that you can come back someday. There is so much ancient history and interesting things to see that I’m sure several visits are in order.

Sources:

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/rome/A20674.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trevi_Fountain

http://www.italylogue.com/things-to-do/trevi-fountain-history-legend.html

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