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Trevi Fountain in Rome

Trevi Fountain in Rome

Trevi Fountain is one of the largest Baroque Fountains in Rome, Italy and one of the most famous fountains in the world. This impressive monument dominates the small Trevi square located in the Quirinale district.

The Trevi fountain is at the ending part of the Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct constructed in 19 BC. It brings water all the way from the Salone Springs and supplies the fountains in the historic center of Rome with water. The Trevi Fountain as we know it today, was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732 and completed in 1762. The fountain was refurbished in 1998; the stonework was scrubbed and the fountain provided with re-circulating pumps.

You will not find any other place in the world that celebrates the ever-mutating and incredible power of water like Rome. This brilliant example of triumphant Baroque art with its soft, natural lines and fantasy creatures embodies movement. The centerpiece of the fountain is Neptune, god of the sea, riding a chariot in the shape of a shell, pulled by sea horses; each guided by a Triton. One sea horse is calm, while the other is untamed, symbolizing the fluctuating moods of the sea.

Tradition has it that a coin thrown into the water guarantees a visitor’s return to Rome. With such a popular tourist destination, it’s easy to see how an estimated 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day!