Trevi Fountain - Rome

Standing at 25.9 metres high and 19.8 metres wide, the Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. In 1730, despite initially losing the contest held to win the commission, Nicola Salvi set about designing a new fountain to replace the ‘insufficiently dramatic’ one already there. The monument was completed in 1762 under Giuseppe Pannini, following Salvi’s death eleven years earlier. Arguably the most beautiful fountain in the world, the centerpiece of the marble monument is a figure of Neptune, god of the sea. He can be seen riding a shell-shaped chariot, pulled by two sea horses. One horse is obedient, the other restive, symbolising the fluctuating moods of the sea. On the left hand side of Neptune is a statue representing Abundance, the statue on the right represents Salubrity. Above the sculptures are bas-reliefs, one of them shows Agrippa, the general who built the aqueduct that carries water to the fountain. It is common for people to throw a coin (over their shoulder, with their back facing the fountain) into the water. Tradition has it that anyone who throws a coin is guaranteed a return visit to Rome. An estimated 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain each day - this money being used to fund a supermarket for Rome’s needy.


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Open access

Address : Piazza Di Trevi 187 Rome Italy

Subway : Metro A : Barberini

Bus : Bus : C3, 52, 53, 61, 62, 63, 71, 80, 95, 116, 117, 175, 492, 590, 630

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