Trevi Fountain, Rome

Rome’s extravagant Trevi Fountain is high on the ‘must see’ list of most visitors to the Italian capital.

IMG_1989The Trevi Fountain marks the end of a Roman aqueduct that has been carrying clean water into the city since 19 BC. The current fountain was commissioned in 1730 by Pope Clement XII and designed by architect Nicolo Salvi in the Baroque style. It is constructed from a type of freshwater limestone called travertine (which, incidentally, was central to Rich’s PhD).

IMG_1988At 86 feet high and over 161 feet wide, the Trevi Fountain is built right into the façade of the Palazzo Poli. The centrepiece features a massive statute of Oceanus on a sea-chariot drawn by two hippocamps, each accompanied by Triton (a Greek sea god).

Scan013The basin in front of the fountain is meant to represent the sea. Today it is famous as a wishing well, since throwing a coin into the fountain is said to ensure you’ll one day return to the Eternal City.

IMG_1870There’s no doubt the Trevi Fountain is spectacular during the day. But for me, its full impact comes after dark.

IMG_1874This post was inspired by the photo theme of  Fountains from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

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33 Responses to Trevi Fountain, Rome

  1. thegirlthatdreamsawake says:

    I cant believe i havnt been to Rome yet.Cant wait to go and see all those beautiful places ! excelent photos !

  2. Lovely photos — both times I have visited Rome in the past few years the fountain was turned off and under construction. Hopefully I will get to see it running some day!

    • Jaspa says:

      I read about the renovations to the fountain, Katherine. Thankfully, I visited before the last set began (it was the Pantheon behind scaffolding for us!). Better luck next time!

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  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Gorgeous entry for fountains. Thanks Jaspa 😀

  5. Very cool!

    I saw an interesting article on Smithsonian about this and other fountains, examining what happens to all the money people throw into them. It turns out, different places deal with all that money differently!

  6. ventisqueras says:

    e tu l’hai buttata la monetina? ricordo meraviglioso la scena della dolce vita di Fellini, con Anita Ekberg che fa il bagno di notte, come piace ate! 🙂

  7. Leya says:

    Closed last time we visited – last year I think. It is really a beauty, but I have only seen it running once. Now Anita Ekberg has passed away, the Swedish beauty who bathed in it in “La Dolce Vita”.

    • Jaspa says:

      Several people I know missed out on seeing it running in the last couple of years. Guess I was lucky to visit Rome at the right time to catch it in its full glory.

  8. geoch1 says:

    Rome and Italy are one of the best site all over the world!!
    But throw the coin into the fountain…. so you are sure to be back here…

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  10. Cee Neuner says:

    Congratulations! I have chosen your post to be featured on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.
    I sure you will have a fabulous week.

  11. jpeggytaylor says:

    That is a very impressive fountain you found there! 🙂 … and fascinating to learn so much about it too 🙂

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  13. Becky B says:

    agree it’s amazing at night

  14. Cecilia says:

    I am so disappointed that I was in Rome few weeks ago and I never visited Trevi Fountain – it looks magnificent. It seems I was very unlucky since I was walking around its location. To bad, at least I have a reason to come back next year. Thank you for this great post and amazing pictures!

  15. nice photos and great post. 🙂

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