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