Fontana di Trevi

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Piazza di Trevi, Roma , Italy

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A Fountain of Legends Aug 13, 2016
Fontana di Trevi is the largest fountain in Roma, with dimensions around 20 m wide and 26 m tall. It is enclosed between the buildings of a small square, the Piazza di Trevi, and somewhat nestled away here, such that one usually comes upon it all of a sudden, and this was perhaps intentional to initiate surprise to the visitor. The name Trevi comes from "Tre Vie" (three ways), referring to the place where three streets intersect at the square.

The history of the fountain can be traced to the time of the Emperor Augustus (c. 19 BC), and was originally the end point of the aqueduct Acqua Virgo, built by Marcus Agrippa for bringing water into the city and to supply the Baths of Agrippa. The aqueduct was repaired by order of Pope Nicholas V in 1453 and a fountain was erected to indicate the end point, as was the tradition in ancient Roma. Pope Urban VIII wanted a grander fountain in 1629 and put the sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini in charge, who made some sketches, but the project was never completed after Pope Urban VIII died. In 1730, Pope Clement XII resumed the project, and awarded the construction through a contest, which fell to a relative unknown, Nicola Salvi. The construction began in 1732, with Salvi using some of the original sketches of Bernini for inspiration. Salvi died in 1751 with the fountain still unfinished, and the work was subsequently completed by Giuseppe Pannini in 1762.

The fountain is in the baroque style, representing the sea god Neptune taming the waters with his chariot drawn by sea horses and guided by tritons. The statue to the left of Neptune represents abundance, while the one on the right represents health. The whole thing is made mostly of Travertine and attached to the facade of the Poli Palace, which was the wish of Pope Urban VIII.

It's certainly a beautiful fountain, and is a tourist mecca, so a bit hard to enjoy with the mass of humanity congregated in the small square. One does get a different experience in the daytime and night time, so multiple visits are worthwhile and occasionally one finds it relatively uncrowded. There are a few legends of throwing coins in the fountain: one coin (with right hand over left shoulder with back to the fountain) you will return to Roma, two coins you will find love, and three coins you will get married. It's estimated around 3,000 euro per day are tossed into the fountain. The money is collected each night and used for charity. It is illegal to remove coins from the fountain. Bathing is also forbidden. The water is not safe to drink either. Enjoy yourself there with a nice ice cream and there are some splendid gelato shops on the streets nearby.

Fontana di Trevi received a restoration in 1998 to scrub the stonework and install recirculating pumps. Another restoration was done over 16 months in 2014-2015, which included cleaning the statues and travertine, renewing the water proofing of the basin, and replacing the gilted latin inscriptions.
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gingerbatik says:
agree:) it is one of my favourite city in Europe:) pizza... gelato... ehhm..... I am hungry thinking about it.
Posted on: Aug 17, 2017
spocklogic says:
Touristy, but a must see in Roma!
Posted on: Aug 16, 2017
gingerbatik says:
I like that as well:)
Posted on: Aug 16, 2017
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