Fontana di Trevi: the most famous fountain in Rome

No matter how often you visit Rome, the Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain is always on the agenda. Maybe it’s because of the legend and tradition that if you throw a coin in to the fountain, you are guaranteed to return to the eternal city. Regardless if this is true or not, the Trevi Fountain has something magical about it and is one of these places that change depending on mood and day and also the amount of visiters at any one time.

The shape of the Trevi Fountain is not round, as the typical fountains in the different piazzas usually are. Additionally the Trevi Fountain is a true masterpiece and can be included to the most amazing and beautiful ones around the world. This is way millions of tourist visit Rome every year and undoubtedly the Trevi Fountain is one of the most photographed fountain in Rome.

The area surrounding the Trevi Fountain is always filled with people, not only because of the fountain itself, but also because this area is particularly beautiful, filled with caf̩s and shops. There is undescrible feel of energy here Рthe sound of the rippling water and the murmur of all the people. The sculptures on the fountain are really detailed and beautiful, especially because they are in the back of the fountain and built upon the antique Palazzo Poli. This makes this area seem bigger and more magnificent.

The name Fontana di Trevi derives from the latin word “trivium”, which means “the crossing of 3 streets”. In fact the Trevi Fountain can be found on a Piazza, where 3 streets meet: Via De’Crocicci, Via Poli and Via Delle Muratte.

The constuction of the Trevi Fountain took around 30 years and was completed in 1762. It is by far the biggest fountain in Rome with a width of 20 meters and a height of 26 meters. At night this fantastic baroque fountain gets special lighting which emphasizes its beauty even more. The Fontana di Trevi has been featured in the films “Three Coins in the Fountain” from 1954 and the award-winning Federico Fellini Film “La Dolce Vita” from 1960.

It is estimated that the amount of coins thrown into the Trevi Fountain lie in the region of €3.000 to €12.000 per day. I would love to believe the story, in which the coins of the  fountain are collected each night and are donated to charity. But there are stories circulating in the italien press, whereby thieves steal the coins and the police simply look on!

The Fontana di Trevi is located in the middle of the historic old town of Rome, directly next to the Spanish Steps. By foot the Trevi Fountain is easily accessable from most attractions in Rome. This impressive attraction is definitely worth a visit, when in Rome and shouldn’t be missed!

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