Throwing Coins in the Trevi Fountain, Rome

The Trevi fountain is a stunning example of Baroque art. It has witnessed countless love stories ending and beginning, marriage proposals, film scenes (in La Dolce Vita), tourists and thousands of years of history.

There is a legend associated with the fountain – as with all ancient sites around Rome – that if you throw a coin over your shoulder facing away from the fountain you will return to Rome one day. Funnily enough, the legend invites only those willing to throw money at it back to Rome. The irony is not lost. And yes, of course I did. Though I threw British Pence in instead of Euro’s as the day before I found 6 currencies in my wallet.

The Trevi Fountain (at the end of the Aqua Virgo) was built as the terminal point of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct commissioned by my homeboy Augustus. It was constructed in 19 bc and originally provided the water for the thermal baths. The original was damaged so in 1732, Pope Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi to create a fountain in its place. Construction was complete in 1762.

The central figure of the fountain in front of a large niche is Neptune, God of the Sea. He is riding a chariot in the shape of a shell, pulled by two sea horses who are guided by a Triton. One of the horses is calm while the other is restive. This is said to symbolise 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.

The square where the fountain sits is full of souvenir shops (naturally) and Gelato shops. It is free to visit and is outdoors without cover. Not an issue if its rains though, every 6 steps around Rome someone will be trying to sell you an umbrella.

Have you ever been to the Fontaine Di Trevi? What did you think of it?


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