Fontana di Trevi
The Trevi Fountain is the most spectacular and largest of the fountains in Rome, with a width of 20 meters and a height of 26 meters.
The origin of the fountain dates back to 19 BC, a period in which it was the termination of the aqueduct, the Aqua Virgo. The first fountain was built in the Renaissance, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V.
The current external appearance of the Trevi Fountain dates back to 1762 when, after several years of construction by Nicola Salvi, it was finalized by the architect and set designer Giuseppe Pannini.
As an anecdote, the name of Trevi derives from Tre Vie, since the fountain was the meeting point of three streets.
The legend of the Trevi Fountain
Why do people throw coins into the fountain?
The legend was born in 1954 with the film “Three soldi in the Trevi fountain” and states the following:
Throwing a coin into the fountain: you will return to Rome.
Throwing two coins into the fountain: you will find love with an Italian.
Throwing three coins into the fountain: you will get married to the person you met.
For this to work, it is recommended that you toss the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder.
A curiosity: every year about one million euros in coins are extracted from the fountain. Since 2007 this money has been given to charity.
The most beautiful fountain in the world
For us, that of Trevi is the most beautiful fountain in the world. Whether by day or shrouded in soft night lights, this extraordinary fountain never disappoints.
The area is full of tourists and rose sellers. The best way to better enjoy the visit is to get away from the convulsive context in which the fountain is immersed, contemplating the architectural settings of this magical place.