The Trevi Fountain
If you're planning a trip to Rome, you'll want to visit the famous Trevi Fountain, one of the
most popular tourist spots in the city. Designed by artist and sculptor Nicola Salvi, construction of this
elaborate fountain began in 1732. Several additional artists contributed to its construction, including the
celebrated sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini.
The Trevi Fountain
The statue of King Neptunus Rex, ruler of the seas, dominates the fountain. Neptune is positioned behind a chariot
led by a pair of winged steeds. In front of them stand a pair of tritons to guide the chariot, and behind Neptune
are two gods, Abundance and Salubrity. Although the project began in 1732, final construction was not completed
until thirty years later. In fact, Nicola Salvi did not live to see the final results of his work.
Three Coins In The Fountain
Featured in various movies, the Trevi Fountain became a major tourist attraction after the release of the popular
Hollywood movie “Three Coins in the Fountain” in 1954. The movie's plot centers on three young American women
looking for love while working in Italy. Two of the women toss a coin in the fountain, and each finds the man of
her dreams. Since then, the many tourists from all over the world who flock to Rome consider the Trevi Fountain a
Today, the tradition of coin tossing is as popular as ever. Every night, the fountain is briefly shut down in order
to collect the massive collection of coins in the water. The majority of money collected is then distributed to
various local charities. Each year the fountain brings in over 125,000 euros.
There are many superstitions regarding coin tossing at the Trevi Fountain. Some people believe that the coins
should only be tossed using the right hand while throwing over your left shoulder. Other tourists choose to throw
three separate coins. The first coin tossed is to guarantee a return to Rome, the second is thrown by those
searching for true love, and the third is tossed in hopes of marriage.
The fountain's name “tre vie” is believed to be derived from the three different roads that intersect near the
plaza square. The Fountain is conveniently situated at the foot of the Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct built in 19 B.C. and
still use today. The original aqueduct was over thirteen miles in length. In 1998, the fountain received a much
needed refurbishing, with pumps and oxidizers installed to help better maintain it.
The Trevi Fountain at dusk
Although the Fountain is a delight to visit at any time of day, many people believe it looks its best at night. The
illumination of the statues and flowing water creates a stunning visual effect. In addition, the plaza is generally
much less crowded at night. You can schedule a guided tour of the fountain during day or evening hours.
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