Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Monuments | 0 comments

The Trevi Fountain famous landmark in Rome, Italy. This is the most famous of all the fountains in Rome attracting most first time visitors as a must see.

Trevi fountain is a masterpiece statue in the beautiful and antique city of Rome. The Trevi Fountain is a fantastic work of art that is much more than a mere sculpture. The statue is wonder of the world with the stone art nested between the palaces at the heart of the city.

The famous Trevi Fountain is a huge baroque confection of whipping horses, jumping water, and pacing Tritons presided over by a muscular Neptune.

You will start listening the gushes of the roaring sound of waters from the nearby streets while approaching the fountain and soon as you reach at the spot, you find a breathtaking and marvelous statue in front of you along with the waters flowing out of the ground.

This fountain statue is the wonderful work of the Baroque art which has soft, natural lines and fantasy creatures embodies movement as the soul of the world.

The Masterpiece Fountain

The fountain statue consists of the sea of god, Neptune, who is riding a chariot with two horses who are then guided by the triton. On the sides there are the statues of Abundance and Salubrity at the left and right positions respectively. Above the sculptures are bas-reliefs, one of them shows Agrippa, the general who built the aqueduct that carries water to the fountain.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

History

This fountain statue is built by Nicola Salvi and is commissioned by the pope Clement XII in the year 1732. The statue lies at the Trevi square. The same statue was unsuccessfully taken forward previously by the Bernini under Pope Urban VIII. Construction of the monumental Baroque fountain was finally completed in 1762.

Even palace in the background blends perfectly with the composition and the game of space and mass gives an air of movement to the entire statue.

The water that flows here has two names: Virgin Waters and Trevi. The first refers to an ancient legend about a young Roman girl who showed the source of the spring to some thirsty soldiers; whereas Trevi derives from the old name for the area, which was originally called Trebium.

The Trevi Fountain is situated at the end of the Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct constructed in 19 BC. It brings water all the way from the Salone Springs that is approximately 20km from Rome and supplies the fountains in the historic center of Rome with water.

Tossing of a coin

The water at the bottom of the fountain represents the sea. Legend has it you will return to Rome if you throw a coin into the water. You should toss it over your shoulder with your back to the fountain. This has been depicted in few American movies like three coins in the fountain. Some say you must lob the coin with the right hand backward over the left shoulder. Others insist you must use three coins.

Historians point out the original tradition was to drink the fountain’s water, but unless you enjoy the taste of chlorine there is no point trying it.

Few important tips

  • No swimming is allowed here so it is advised to not to give up to your desires as there are policemen patrolling here to prevent this.
  • It’s interesting to hang oit for some hours here as you would love to watch people and the marvelous statue.
  • Ignore the cocoon of non- scrupulous shops and eateries surrounding this spot and instead find some reputed ice cream parlor of the Rome to satiate your taste buds.