Program - Sightseeing - Rome - Italy
A coin for the Trevi

If all the roads lead to Rome, they also lead to one of the most beautiful fountains - the Trevi Fountain. Part of many stories, it is also one of the most photographed Italian attractions.

According to the legend, the origins of the fountain go back to the year 19 B.C., in which period the fountain formed the end of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct on the place where the Roman soldiers found a spring of water. The first fountain was built during the Renaissance, under the direction of Pope Nicholas V. But in 1732, Pope Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi to create a large fountain at the Trevi Square to replace the existing fountain. His scenic wonder creation was inaugurated after his death, in 1762. Interestingly enough, the name of Trevi derives from Tre Vie (three ways), since the fountain was the meeting point of three streets.

The fountain, which is designed like a monumental triumphal arch, was built against a wall of the Palazzo Poli. It is a combination of mythological and allegorical figures, natural rock formations, and gushing water. The central figure of the fountain is Neptune or Oceanus, the god of the sea. He rides a shell-shaped chariot that is pulled by two sea horses, symbolizing the moody sea.On the left-hand side of Neptune is a statue representing Abundance, and the statue on the right represents Salubrity. There is also a statue of Agrippa, the general who built the aqueduct that carries water to the fountain, explaining his plan for the aqueduct. The allegorical statues on the top, in front of the attic, symbolize the four seasons. An interesting fact is that the water is reused to supply several other Roman fountains, including the Fountain of the Four Rivers, the Tortoise Fountain and the Fountain of the Old Boat in front of the Spanish Steps.

Seems like the Trevi Fountain is never lonely. Whether by day or night, the area is full of people snapping pictures of one of the most beautiful Italian attractions. There is an old belief, inspired by the 1954 movie "Three Coins in the Fountain", which says that if you throw a coin into the Fountain over your right shoulder, you will return to Rome. Interesting enough to attract thousands of people and collect approximately a million of euros each year, which are collected every day and donated to charity. The Fountain was featured in numerous books and films, and in the famous Federico Fellini's movie - La Dolce Vita.