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Fontana di Trevi (The Trevi Fountain) – one of the most stunning fountains in the world

May 13, 2018
Age255 years old
Getting thereCar, plane, train
When to visitAnytime … entry is free
LocationPiazza di Trevi, 00187 Rome RM, Italy, Europe

Fontana di Trevi

  • Fontana di Trevi is known as one of the most stunning fountains in the world. This impressive monument dominates the small Trevi square located in the Quirinale district.
  • In 1732, Pope Clement XII was Nicola Salvi to a large fountain in Fountain Square. A previous construction of a fountain after a design by Bernini was halted a century after the death of Pope Urban VIII. Salvi has built a masterpiece based on the old project of Bernini. The construction of the monumental baroque fountain was finally completed in 1762 AD.

Neptune, the god of the sea

  • Fontana di Trevi‘s central figure is Neptune, the god of the sea, standing under a triumphal arch. He is in a chariot that has the form of a shell, pulled by two seahorses. One horse is restive and the other is calm and subdued. They symbolize the fluctuating moods of the sea. Two Tritons are leading the horses, the older Triton holding a twisted shell to announce their passage.
  • In the left part of the arch, there is the statue of Abundance holding the horn of plenty. At her feet, a toppled vase lies by a source of water. Above her, there is a relief showing Agrippa commanding his generals to build the aqueduct.
  • On the right side, there is the statue of Health, crowned by a wreath of laurel and holding a cup a snake drinks from. Above her, there is a relief showing a Virgin lady indicating to soldiers the source of water.
  • Fontana di Trevi is one of the oldest water sources in Rome because it was the end of an aqueduct built in 19 BC what is called Aqua Virgo. It brings water from the Salone Springs (about 20 km away from Rome) and supplies the fountains in the historic center of Rome with water.
  • The architect who won the competition to design the fountain originally was Alessandro famous astronomer from the Galileo Galilei family. It was not accepted by the population because he was from Florence and not from Rome. As a result, the project was given to Nicola Salvi who was from Rome.
  • The money earned from the reintroduction of the lotto in Rome financed the Trevi Fountain
  • Fontana di Trevi is made from the same material as the Colosseum, travertine stone, a name that means “from the Tiber” in Latin – A mineral made of calcium carbonate formed from spring waters, especially hot springs, the likely source was the city of Tivoli, about 22 miles from Rome.
  • Other notable buildings using travertine extensively include the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris and the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California.
  • The fountain uses about 2.8248 million cubic meters of water every day! Water is recycled and directed to drinking water fountains around the market.
  • Fontana di Trevi stands a massive 85 feet tall and is almost 65 feet wide
  • Legend has it that he who throws a coin into the water will return to Rome. This money must be thrown over your shoulder with your back to the fountain.
  • Around 3000 Euro are thrown into the fountain each day
  • Fountain coins are collected every night and used for charity

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