About the Fontana di Trevi, Rome
Much more than just a fountain and possibly the most iconic in the world, the Fontana di Trevi is a prime example of an ancient Roman aqueduct which would serve the public Roman baths for over 400 years. Made from travertine (limestone) and marble sculptures, the impressive site stands at around 85 feet tall and 160 feet wide. It was designed by Nicola Salvi and built in 1762. Look among the statues and you will see Oceanus, perceived in Greek mythology to be a titan of the ocean, along with the Roman Goddess Trivia who protects the city streets.
Helpful information about the Fontana di Trevi
The public fountain is free to visit, with many guided tours taking it as a key destination as part of your walk. The nearest airports are Leonardo da Vinci (at Fiumicino) and Ciampino Airport, with the Termini Train Station in close proximity. Given it is one of the most iconic landmarks the fountain is always likely to be crowded, although it also provides a meeting point if you are separated from your party. There is also the tradition of throwing coins into the water, but don’t be tempted to take any out for yourself as it is an arrestable offence!
Making the most of the Fontana di Trevi
Learn more about the history of the Fontana di Trevi before you visit and uncover all the hidden gems while you’re there. An estimated 3,000 Euros are thrown into the water each day, so be sure to carry on the tradition with your own spare change. The correct procedure as per the film “Three Coins in the Fountain” is to use right hand over the left shoulder. Any money collected finances a supermarket for those in need, so you will feel you’ve also contributed to helping out those who are less fortunate.
Where to stay in Rome for the Fontana di Trevi
Look for a wide range of private rentals, villas and apartments in the Trevi region itself. If you are looking to travel from elsewhere in Rome, most tourists get about on foot, however with access to good transport links, you will find several ways of reaching the Fontana di Trevi without too much trouble. Check our accommodation in Rome.
Things to do near the Fontana di Trevi
With so much in the heart of Rome take a walking tour and visit Roman Catholic landmarks such as the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica and the hugely popular Vatican City. Ancient Rome is within walking distance too, with the famous colosseum or make a stop off at the impressive Pantheon temple.
More information about the Fontana di Trevi
The Fontana di Trevi is much more than just a fountain. To find out more visit the official website for information on its history, iconography, curiosities, the legend of the Fontana di Trevi, the Roman Goddess Trivia and the various statues that complete this magnificent fountain.
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