A true icon of Rome and arguably the most beautiful fountain in the world, Trevi Fountain is a symbol of the city’s elegance and style, famously captured on the silver screen in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita.
Designed by the architect Nicola Salvi and completed in 1762 by Pietro Bracci, the Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain is a baroque marvel, set in the Quirinale district of the city. Measuring 20 metres wide and 26 metres high, the fountain takes up more than half of Trevi Square. Pope Urban VIII was the first to commission renovations to be built in the square in 1629 but he died and the project was abandoned. It wasn’t until the 18th century when Pope Clement XII organised a contest between Nicola Salvi and Alessandro Galilei that work began on the fountain.
The figure of Oceanus dominates the fountain, standing in the central niche, flanked by two sea horses and representations of Abundance spilling water from an urn and Salubrity (Health) holding a cup from which a snake drinks. The main theme of the fountain is Taming of the Waters. Above the central feature is a bas-relief featuring the general who built the aqueduct that carries water to the fountain. There’s a legend that a young virgin originally found the source of the fresh water and she, too, is included in the sculpture, pointing to the source of the spring.
It has become traditional to throw a coin into the fountain over your left shoulder with your right hand. If the coin lands in the fountain – and it’s hard for it not to – it means you’ll return to Rome in the future. Around 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain every day.
Trevi Fountain is set in the heart of Rome, so you’ll be within easy walking distance of many of the city’s main attractions. A few minutes on foot to the north and you’ll reach Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps. If you head to the east you’ll find the landmark Roman Pantheon. To the south is the Roman Forum and a short walk to the west is where you’ll find Rome’s Termini railway station.
Places to stay
If you’re looking to stay near Trevi Fountain there’s plenty of hotels to choose from. Whether you’re travelling for a family holiday or heading to the Eternal City for a romantic weekend, we’ll help you find something to suit your needs, be it a 5-star apartment overlooking Trevi Square or a boutique hotel near the Spanish Steps. And if you’re travelling on a budget, we have plenty of cheap hotels only minutes away from the fountain itself.
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