Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Monuments | 0 comments

The famous Trevi Fountain is a huge baroque confection of thrashing mer-horses, splashing water, and striding Tritons presided over by a muscular Neptune.

The Trevi Fountain, called the Fontana di Trevi in Italian, tops the list of the most famous fountains in Rome and is one of Rome’s top free attractions.The Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain is the most famous and arguably the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome. This impressive monument dominates the small Trevi Square located in the Quirinale district. Baroque art, a popular European art form between 1600 and 1750, is characterized by highly ornate and decorative art and architecture. The fountain can be found in Rome’s Piazza di Trevi in the Quirinale district, easily reached by bus or Metro. Today, the Trevi Fountain is one of Rome’s most famous tourist sites. It is much more than just a fountain, but a fantastic work of baroque art. It is regarded as a true jewel of water and stone.

Interesting facts about Trevi Fountain

  1. The Trevi Fountain is one of the world’s most famous fountains. It is located in the Trevi district of Rome and is one of over 2,000 fountains in the city. It was commissioned by the Pope during the 17th century to replace an earlier fountain. It was designed over 30 years by several architects, including Bernini, Salvi and Pannini.
  2. It is situated at the end of an aqueduct, constructed in 19 BC. According to legend, the fountain stands on a site where a shepherdess found a spring for thirsty Roman soldiers.
  3. The Trevi Fountain is located directly in front of the Palazzo Poli. The 18th century palace, once known for lavish parties, is today home to a collection of 16th century engravings.
  4. The fountain has a statue of Neptune, standing in a chariot pulled by several winged horses. It also features mermaids, sea monsters and sea shells set in the swirling waters.
  5. The horses represent the restless and unpredictable ocean.
  6. Two bas-reliefs show Agrippa, the man who designed the aqueduct, and the moment when the spring was discovered.
  7. Each day, about 80 million litres of water flows through the Trevi Fountain. The water is recycled and used in other Roman fountains, including the one in front of the Spanish Steps.
  8. The fountain is just over 26 metres high, and measures 49 metres across. It is Rome’s largest baroque fountain and is made from travertine stone quarried outside the city.
  9. Throwing a coin into the fountain is popular, which should be done with the right hand over the left shoulder. About 3,000 Euros are thrown into the water each day.
  10. The Trevi Fountain appears in several films, including Roman Holiday, La Dolce Vita and To Rome With Love. It is also in the film Three Coins in the Fountain, with its theme song sung by Frank Sinatra.
Trevi fountain Sea horse monument

Sea horse monument

Popularity for tourism and Film making

A famed sight for tourists from throughout the world, the Trevi Fountain is quite the stage prop as well! Besides La Dolce Vita, when Anita Ekberg jumped into the Trevi Fountain with her clothes on, the massive monument has been featured in many films including Roman Holiday, Three Coins in the Fountain and even The Lizzie McGuire Movie. And outside of films the Trevi Fountain is replicated at Epcot in Walt Disney World!

Trevi Fountain Design History

The Trevi Fountain you see today in Rome took over 100 years, and several architects, to build. This is not because it was that complicated, but because it had stops and starts, due to budget constraints and changes in popes and thus architects over the years. (The popes were the ones who chose who got to design and build what monument or building, often holding contests and then picking their favorite design, or, in some cases, their favorite artist.)

The first pope to start thinking about what would become the fountain we see today was Pope Urban VIII, who was a very big fan of Gian Lorenzo Bernini. In 1629, he asked Bernini to draw some sketches for the new fountain, but due to lack of funds, the project was not completed. (However, you can see Bernini’s influence in the final design: a mix of nature and architecture, a lot like his Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in Piazza Navona.)

About 100 years later, Pope Clement XII started a contest to select a new architect for the fountain, and Nicola Salvi won. He used some of Bernini’s original designs, and chose to make a monument that represented the origins of the fountain. Nicola (Niccolò) Salvi is the architect most credited with the current design of the Trevi Fountain, although he died when it was only half-way finished, so he also did not see its completion.

A popular tradition – Throwing Coins in the Trevi Fountain

As mentioned, there’s a long-standing tradition about throwing coins in the Trevi Fountain – spend a few minutes watching people at the fountain and you’ll see that this is the main reason many people stop by. The original legend says that if you throw a coin into the Trevi – with your back to the fountain, throwing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder – that will ensure a return to Rome. Perhaps thanks in part to the film “Three Coins in the Fountain,” a newer story also routinely makes the rounds that says throwing one coin means a return to Rome, a second coin leads to a new romance, and a third coin leads to marriage. You are welcome to believe (or not believe) either one – it all depends on your level of superstition, and the depth of your wallet!

A famed sight for tourists from throughout the world, the Trevi Fountain is quite the stage prop as well! Besides La Dolce Vita, when Anita Ekberg jumped into the Trevi Fountain with her clothes on, the massive monument has been featured in many films including Roman Holiday, Three Coins in the Fountain and even The Lizzie McGuire Movie. And outside of films the Trevi Fountain is replicated at Epcot in Walt Disney World!

Attractions of Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is located on Via delle Muratte on a small square below the Quirinale Palace, a former papal residence and the modern-day home of the President of Italy. From morning to midnight, thousands of tourists crowd around the Trevi’s wide basin to photograph this fantastical marble creation of mermen, seahorses, and cascading pools all presided over by the sea god Neptune. Tourists also visit the Trevi Fountain to take part in a ritual coin toss, as it is said that if you toss a coin into the Trevi, then you will be assured a return trip to the Eternal City.

Hotels and resorts near it

If you want to stay in a hotel in Rome near Trevi fountain, you don’t have a long list of choices outside of the famous Trevi Fountain Hotel. Offering an exclusive viewpoint of the great fountain that most tourists will never witness. Converted into a hotel in the 17th century, guests at the Trevi Fountain hotel can sit upon the rooftop lounge where the romantic lights of the square burn well into the night. Though the rooms come at a price, being able to avoid the summertime crowds that flock to the square is well worth it.
Nearby cafes are constantly packed until closing time, with many tourists unwilling to give up their chairs after waiting over an hour to finally get seated. But the Trevi fountain hotel dismisses these problems, though you may have to book far in advance to take advantage of what the hotel has to offer. Another fine hotel in Rome near Trevi fountain is the La Residenza Hotel near Piazza Barberini. Purposefully old-fashioned and located in one of the busiest sections of the city, the La Residenza has ivy covered walls and a charming courtyard to rest in after a long day of sightseeing. The Hotel Adriano is, like so many Italian hotels, a converted palazzo. In addition to being a premier hotel in Rome near Trevi fountain, it has vaulted ceilings and reproductions of some of the most famous paintings of the Renaissance.