Trevi Fountain in Rome – History, Facts, Photos & Video
As you emerge from the narrow cobble stone streets that open into Trevi Square you will be greeted by the breathtaking site of the Trevi Fountain, one of the largest and most beautiful statues in the world.
The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi in Italian) in Rome is located in the heart of Rome’s historic center and is a site that should not be missed by anyone visiting Rome.
The Trevi Fountain is located at the meeting of three roads (tre vie).The fountain was built at the end of an aqueduct (Aqua Virgo) that was constructed in 19BC. The Aqua Virgo was built by Augustus’s son-in-law Agrippa to supply water for the Roman Baths. The water for the fountain comes from the Salone Springs about 14 miles outside of Rome.
History & Facts
Pope Urban VIII originally commissioned Bernini to build the Trevi Fountain, however, Pope Urban VIII died prior to completion of the fountain and the project was stopped. A century after the original plan was abandoned Pope Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi in 1732 to design a fountain to be built in Trevi Square. Salvi’s design uses many of the elements in Bernini’s original design. The statue took 30 years to complete.
The fountain is a Baroque design and stands 85 feet high and 65 feet wide. The central figure in the fountain is Neptune, god of the sea. Neptune is riding a chariot in the shape of a shell that is pulled by two sea horses. Each sea horse is guided by a Triton. One horse is calm the other is enraged; each symbolizes the moods of the sea.
To the left of Neptune is a statue representing Abundance, on the right a statue represents Health. The water at the bottom of the fountain represents the sea.
The Trevi Fountain was made famous in the movies “Three Coins in a Fountain” and “La Dolce Vita”. Legend has it that if you toss a coin into the fountain with your right hand over your right shoulder you will return to Rome.
The fountain is a perfect stopping point in the middle of your walking tour of Rome.
You can grab a bottle of water from one of the nearby shops and relax on the steps surrounding the fountain.
Here is a YouTube Video to Learn More About Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain is located in Trevi Square near the Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona. The Trevi Fountain is open 24 hours and day and is free to all visitors.
Here is a Google map to help you get directions
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