Rome is where my heart is. Everything about it is absolutely beautiful, the architecture, the food, the people, the weather, to be honest I could continue all day about why I love Rome so much but sadly I can not. Now the Trevi Fountain was where I wanted to go, especially after watching ''Sabrina goes to Rome'' as a child. It was amazing, probably because ''Sabrina the Teenage Witch'' was my childhood hero! Don''t she judge me, she had magical powers AND a talking cat! The fountain is located in a busy area of Rome. It is easy to get to and was in walking distance from our hotel, so we visited it a lot. Additionally, there are several different restaurants located in the area so you will probably be passing it a lot. No matter how many times we passed I was always taken back by its beauty. It is extremely busy so be careful with pick pocketer''s, fortunately nothing of ours got stolen.
We went on a Mediterranean cruise for our honeymoon, and were fortunate to be able to see some amazing places whilst on our travels. I am hoping to slowly work my way through reviewing some of the places that we were able to visit. We were only in Rome for a day as part of the cruise, so with the limited time we had we opted to go on a tour (through the cruise ship company) that took us to the key places that we wanted to visit. I have written a review on Rome in general (shameless plug - please go read and rate if you haven't already :P), but The Trevi Fountain, otherwise known as Fontana di Trevi, was one of the sights in Rome that was right at the top of my list of places to see, and deserves a review in its own right.
=== A Brief History ===
Our tour of Rome came complete with a very knowledgeable guide who was able to tell us loads of information about the history of Rome and it's key monuments and structures. As our group were walking towards the Trevi Fountain she was giving the group information about the fountain and how it came to be. The Trevi Fountain is so called because it was where three roads met (tre vie), though today there are 5 or 6 small roads leading to this point. Initially the famous Bernini was set to design a new fountain for this spot (fountains traditionally being used to mark the end of an aqueduct, however the previous fountain had been demolished some time earlier), having been asked to do so by the Pope. When the Pope died the project was abandoned. The next Pope reinstated the idea of having a fountain and favoured a design by a sculptor called Salvi - someone I hadn't heard of before - and work began in 1732, and was finally completed in 1762. If I remember my information from the guide correctly Bernini's house is right near the Trevi Fountain and he would have had this grand project that had been taken away from him being completed practically on his doorstep. What a cruel world.
=== The Trevi Fountain ===
I'd seen pictures of it before, but never had the opportunity to see it in real life. I'd always thought that it looked amazing, but nothing prepares you for that moment you turn the corner and see it for real. The sight is truly breathtaking.
There are several figures on the fountain. The main one being in the centre stood on what appears to be a clam style shell being pulled along by horses. If my memory serves me correctly this guy is the ruler of all oceans. There are several 'waterfalls' off of the stone with all the water meeting in the large pool at the bottom.
It was a beautiful sight. You can sit on the wall of the fountain, but be careful if you're wearing a dress with a flowing skirt like I was. The back of my skirt ended up in the fountains waters whilst I was posing for a picture. To be fair, this didn't really matter. It was a hot day and it dried pretty quickly! Other things to avoid though would be pick-pockets. What with this being a very busy tourist area apparently pick-pockets are around. We didn't experience any problems, but something to be aware of wherever you travel - especially in touristy areas.
I have seen photos of the fountain lit up at night. It looks beautiful. As we were on a bit of a tight schedule what with trying to cram as much of Rome into a day as possible we were unable to see it lit up at night. We will have to do this when we go back to Rome (which hopefully we will be doing at some point).
Mobility wise, the roads we walked down to get to the fountain were all fairly flat. At the actual fountain itself there are a few steps to navigate to get to the water. I didn't spot any ramps, but I was also a little preoccupied with the fountain so there may be one. You can still get an amazing view of the fountain without needing to be right up at the waters edge.
=== Coins ===
It is traditional to throw a coin into the fountain. According to our guide if you throw one coin in to the fountain it means you will return to Rome. Two coins means you will find love, or if you are already in love your love will grow stronger. Word of warning though, apparently three coins is related to divorce! Having just got married and not wanting to tempt any sort of fate my partner and I both threw two coins of small amounts in to the fountain. Our guide did tell us that the money is emptied regularly and it goes towards charitable causes, which is good as there was certainly a lot of coins in the fountain when we were there!
=== Ice Cream ===
Worth a quick mention - we went into an ice cream parlour on the left had side of the fountain if you are stood facing it. That was some gorgeous gelato and although it was expensive, considering where we were in such a prime location I felt it was reasonably priced.
=== Summary ===
I could have sat with my gelato and just looked (and listened) to the fountain all day. I love the sound of water, and despite being surrounded by crowds of tourists I felt peaceful here. Although realistically you are probably not going to want to stay at the fountain all day, it is definitely worth a visit and next time I am in Rome it will still be right at the top of my list of places to visit.
The Fontana di Trevi or otherwise known as the Trevi Fountain was another on my top things to do while in Rome although it was one of the last things we went to see.
At our B&B we were given a map of Rome and shown how to get to certain places although we already went armed with guide books. The Trevi Fountain can be found by travelling to the Barberini metro stop which is on red line A and only 2 stops away from Termini. If you haven't seen a picture of the fountain before, don't be confused by the fountain right outside the metro stop. This isn't what you want to see. The Trevi Fountain is about a 10 minute walk away from the metro stop and with the help of a good map, is easy enough to find.
After getting off the main road, you will begin to walk down some narrow, cobbled streets and you will know from here you are going the right way. The streets in this area are full of tourist souvenir shops, small boutiques and plenty of restaurants. The restaurants are overpriced though due to being near such a popular tourist attraction. If you move over just a couple of streets, you will be able to find places which are much more reasonable.
The Trevi Fountain kind of creeps up on you, even when following a map. All of a sudden, we turned a corner and there in front of us was this huge fountain with the surrounding area filled with people. Even though we had already been to the Colosseum, this was by far the busiest place that we visited. The steps leading down to the water were hard to navigate but I was determined to get right down to the bottom. Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain, it secures you a return visit to Rome. Although I don't really believe this and rarely ever visit the same place twice, I still wanted to take part in the tradition. After throwing in my coin, amongst many others doing the same, I could take a step back and look at the wonder of the fountain.
I have never seen anything like this before and I could have stood there looking for hours. The fountain was made in Roman tradition to build a fountain at the end of an aqueduct and in 19BC, it is said that with the help of a virgin, a source of pure water was found here. This tale is what makes up the scene told by the statues on the fountain. I really loved looking at the way in which the fountain was put together and which of the statues I recognised. With the water flowing freely, this is certainly a sight to remember.
If you have time, I would highly recommend that you visit this fountain in both the day and the night. While I thought it was beautiful in the day, it was even more spectacular at night. The whole fountain is lit up which makes the sight so much better. However, there seemed to be so many more people around at night time so if you want to throw a coin in, it is best to do this during the day.
Although this is a very beautiful place to visit, be warned that the area is filled with people trying to rip you off or trying to make you buy things. Rome has a lot of people walking around with roses and forcing them into your hands then making you pay for them. I have found that the easiest way to avoid this is just to not look at them and carry on walking. These kinds of sellers did ruin the experience a little bit for me but once you learn to ignore them, they're not too bad.
The Trevi fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi), dominating the Piazza di Trevi (place of three roads) is probably one of the most famous fountains in the world, and quite deservedly so! The nearest main road in the Via di San Vincenzo, if approaching from the East. If you approach it from the other side, as we did, you will find yourself wandering through small alleys and side streets populated with souvenir stalls before turning a corner and almost stumbling across it.
According to legend, thirsty Roman soldiers once asked a girl where they could find water. She directed them to a spring, which was later used as the source for an aqueduct commissioned by Agrippa, which was named the Aqua Virgo, after the girl (who was, presumably, a virgin). The aquaduct was renovated during the Renaissance and renamed the Acque Vergine. The Trevi fountain marks the end of this 14-mile long aqueduct, which provides pure drinking water to many famous fountains in Rome.
Originally, the water brought by the Acque Vergine was received by a much simpler fountain which cascaded into a plain basin. Work on the current splendid fountain was begun in 1732 although the final touch, the huge statue of Oceanus, was not set in place until 1762, marking the culmination of the project. The legendary scene between the virgin and the soldiers is depicted on the carved frieze decorating the fountain.
THE TREVI FOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE
Pictures will not prepare you for your first encounter with this truly magnificent fountain. You hear it long before you see it - the sound of the burbling of water can be heard for several hundred yards before you find yourself in the surprisingly small piazza which is home to this glorious fountain. Unless you go there particularly early, there will undoubtedly be crowds of people several-deep crowding around the fountain, trying to get as close as they can to the unique sculptures and friezes, to dabble their fingers in the water, and taking their turn to toss a coin over their shoulders, which, according to legend, will ensure their return to Rome. It is estimated that as much as Euro3,000 is thrown into the fountain daily.
If the scene during the day is impressive, the spectacle of the lit fountain at night is breath-taking. If you have time, try to go once in the day and once in the evening, to experience both side of this incredible monument to Baroque engineering and art.
It is difficult to stand directly in front of the fountain and get a direct shot of all of it, unless you have a camera equipped wide a wide-angle lens. There is a building over the road on a corner; I can't remember if it was a bank or a museum, with wide steps. If you stand at the top of those you can fit all of the fountain in your view-finder. But it is worth taking those shots, just to take home a personal reminder that you were there.
ROBBING THE POOR
For 34 years a local man named Roberto Cercelletta used to regularly steal from the fountain in the early hours of the morning, netting as much as Euro1000 a day before he was discovered and arrested in 2002. In 2003 a judge ruled that the coins had been discarded by their owners and therefore their removal from the fountain was not technically stealing. However, since then, copy-cat attempts have been quickly spotted and stopped. The money is collected officially by charity Caritas and is used to help Rome's poor.
When I was in Rome for a week the whole time it was around 40 degrees, even in the shade. Still I enjoyed my time in Rome although hopefully next time it will be less warm. It was our own fault because we should have known that when you go to Rome in August, it will be very warm! We visited all main attractions and of course we had to see the Trevi Fountain.
The Trevi fountain is located in the centre of Rome and is pretty easy to reach. We took the metro and got out at the Barberini station and from here it's only a few minutes to walk. You can't really miss the fountain. First of all you will notice the many tourists in this area and second of all its quiet a big fountain. The Trevi Fountain is a huge fountain and is both in width and depth about twenty meters. Its theme is the "ocean" and you can see the sea god Neptune, his horses and other major gods are found in various statues. It's really an impressive beautiful fountain.
Around the fountain are several benches were you can sit. The only problem I had were the amount of tourists. You could barely move around or take a picture without having around 20 people in front of you. Worse are the beggars and thieves. You really have to be careful with your bags and especially your camera. I actually at one point didn't even feel safe and it was clear that some people weren't tourists and were almost just standing there picking out their next victims. Rome is overall a safe city but you really do have to be careful.
Overall I did enjoy the Trevi fountain and I think we spent around half an hour just looking because there is so much going on. Every time you see something new. I noticed after 15 minutes of looking that the horses in front of the chariot and different expressions. Some of them looked just at ease while other looked distressed. The way this was portrayed was just beautifully done.
I can understand why this is such a famous attraction and while so many people are here. Of course this fountain has been featured in a few movies over the years and it has a famous legend. They say when you throw a coin into the fountain you will return to Rome again. I was actually wondering what happens to all those coins and was happy to hear that the coins are going to charity. Every year apparently people throw more than 100.000 euros into this fountain!
For me five stars even if it did feel a bit unsafe and that it was crowded. The Trevi fountain is really a piece of art.
Ah, the Trevi Fountain. Some would say that it's the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome. Well, I wouldn't know about that - not having visited all 7,000 of them. Ok, that's maybe an exagerration, but there are quite a few of the old fontanas dotted around the eternal city. One thing's for sure though, it's certainly an impressive site...or sight, even.
You would think that such a world famous and much visited tourist attraction would be situated in some grand piazza or boulevard. You'd be wrong. It's actually tucked away at the meeting point three nondescript road (tre vie) in a little square called, somewhat unimaginatively, Piazza del Trevi. Perhaps the mundane stroll through narrow streets before encountering this masterpiece of baroque architecture is part of its appeal...perhaps not. But it's definitely a gobsmacker. You'll know when you've arrived at the Trevi Fountain - the street sign and the appearance of a rather large cascade of sparkling aqua should give you a clue, but if that doesn't do it for you then the huddled masses and click'n'whirr of countless photographic implements will. Still not sure you're at a major tourist attraction? The hawkers and street vendors aggressively punting their 'high' quality tat should put you straight.
There's quite a bit of history and some amazing facts concerning the Trevi Fountain, but you won't be reading that here - try wikpedia if you're that way inclined. Basically, the fountain consists of a statue of Neptune in a chariot made from a sea shell pulled by two sea horses, each guided by a Triton. So, not particularly based on any sort of factual scenario then.
One thing's for sure though, it's big on the WoW factor. As fountains go, and they generally don't go far, this is a peach. The intimate setting of the small piazza lends it a ...um, intimacy, even though it can be a little crowded. We managed to force ourselves into a small space on the bench right at the front (apparently, it's illegal to throw small children into the fountain...as we found out...). Great, We could sit for as long as we liked and gaze into the crystal water splashing all around. Three minutes just about did it.
Come on, it's a fountain for goodness sake. Anyway, we took a gazillion photos, bought a piece of rubbishy tat (as you do) scoffed a gelato and departed never to return.
Never to return?
A traditional legend states that if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain you're sure to return to Rome. Personally, I'm of the opinion that if you buy an airline ticket, you've got a slightly higher chance of doing so. It's said that around 3,000 euros are chucked in the fountain each day and collected at night (under the cover of darkness) before being distributed to good causes...I expect. 3,000 euros? That's a lot of tossers when you think about it.
The Trevi Fountain is a pretty amazing spectacle and no trip to Rome would be complete without taking a few snaps and throwing a (low denomination) coin in. Well, when in Rome...
The Trevi fountain is probably one of the weirdest tourist attractions I've ever seen. For a start, it seems to grow almost organically out of the building it is on, rather than being a standalone as most fountains are. For another, it is in an almost implausibly small square (or Piazza) so it dominates the entire area. If you think about Trafalgar Square, the monuments and fountains there are in proportion to the square, but at the Trevi fountain they totally aren't. It's a bit like Alice squashed into the room having eaten the cake.
The main downside of the Trevi fountain is the crowds. The place will almost inevitably be heaving, whatever time of day you arrive. The secondary downside is the hawkers who will pester you to within an inch of your life to buy their tat. When we were there it was those "skoosh" ball things - the plastic balls with the sticky out bits? Well known souvenirs of Rome, skoosh balls.
The plus side is that if you can force your way to the front the water is nice and cool on your feet. Let's face it, you are in Rome, you have probably walked about 15 miles a day, and your feet are hot and sore. The water in the Trevi fountain feels like heaven. The other plus side is that there are some nice ice cream shops nearby, although you will pay a premium for being near the fountain.
If you can smell something strange, it's probably not people's feet (well, it might be) but one of the horse-drawn carriages that charge a bomb to take you for a ride around the area. They don't tend to clear up after themselves that well, so once you've done dipping your feet in the water, put your shoes back on (top tip!).
You can join the milling throng to toss your coin into the water to ensure a return to Rome. I actually didn't like Rome that much - well, Rome was OK, but the Romans still think they rule the world - so I didn't take any chances.
As far as tourist attractions go in Rome, this is probably a must-see, but where you'd allow a couple of hours for the likes of the Colisseum, Trevi probably needs 15 minutes tops for you to feel you've seen it. Maybe a little longer if you take time out for a gelato.
When on a short break in Rome as I was in March 2007, it is very easy to find yourself in a position where you have to sacrifice seeing one sight in order to see another. The Trevi Fountain (Fontana Di Trevi) was never in danger of being sacrificed, and if you go there for yourself you will see why. In my opinion it is the most beautiful and stunning fountain in all of Rome, possibly the world
This baroque marble masterpiece stands 85 feet high and 65 feet wide, dominates the square in which it stands and is constantly crowded by tourists such is its popularity. Like many of the wonderful sights of Rome, this is free to go and see. Walking down the narrow cobbled streets you can here the crescendo of noise as the water becomes louder and louder, then suddenly as if out of nowhere you are confronted by a mass of people standing in awe in front of this masterpiece. You should work your way to the front (be patient) and down the couple of steps for a great photo opportunity.
I must add my own tip here, having been to see the Trevi Fountain during the day and spending a good deal of time there, I couldn't help but wish that I could experience it without all the tourists. So I went back after dinner one night at about 11pm. It was raining and I had a guy harassing me to take one of his plastic roses but these annoyances merely fell into the background as I had the stunning fountain all to myself. It is a completely different experience at night, you can really appreciate the lighting on the marble and the echoes of the waterfall around the empty square are haunting.
I'd definitely recommend doing the same as the Trevi has no opening hours and is accessible 24/7.
The fountain stands on the junction of 3 roads and is at the terminal point of one of the ancient aqueducts which supplied water to the city from a source more than 13km away. The fountain was finished in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini although credit must also go to Bernini and Nicola Salvi for their designs.
The fountain's centrepiece shows Neptune's (God of the Sea) or Oceanus' - opinions are split - chariot pulled by two sea horses. One horse is calm, the other restive which symbolises the uncertain nature and moods of the sea. Neptune is flanked either side by statues representing abundance and salubrity.
The legend says that if you toss a coin over your shoulder into the fountain then you are guaranteed to come back to Rome. I made sure I did this as I can't wait to go back and see this masterpiece again.
**Review also posted by myself in the CIAO review site**
I am going to be totally honest and say I am totally aragont when it comes to history so I really have no idea the history of the trevi fountain except its supposed to one of the most romantic places!
My boyfriend suprised me on a trip to rome and all he was talking about was going to see the "trevi fountain" I had no idea what it was and why he wanted to go and see it.
Anyways on the first night we arrived in rome we made out way out of the hotel and down towards the terminal, we carried on walk and eventually ended up at the trevi fountain. Its a beautiful place!
It turns out he was taking me there to propose which is why he was so adament on going there as soon as we arrived! Nerves I think!!
He tried to get me to do the coin throwing but I didnt as I thought he was trying to make me look like a div!
He did propose right next to the fountain which I thought was lovely and enjoyed every second of it until it rained!!
All in all definatly worth a visit if you go to rome!!
This was one of the first attractions that we visited when we were in Rome and it was a very enjoyable experience.
Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) is the largest of the Baroque fountains of Rome. It is 85 feet high (25.9 meters) and 65 feet wide (19.8 meters).
The fountain is located at a junction of three roads.It marks the terminal point of the Aqua Virgo, which is an ancient aqueduct that once supplied water to Rome. In 19 BC a pure water source was located 14 miles from the city and Aqua Virgo supplied the fountains of the historic centre of Rome with water. It served Rome for more than four hundred years.
In 1730 a contest was organised by Pope Clement XII. Nicola Salvi actually lost but was awarded the commission anyway. Work began in 1732 and the fountain was completed thirty years later in 1762.
Legend has it that it is lucky to throw coins with one's right hand over one's left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain. The legend of the coin throwing is actually that if you throw one coin, you are ensured a return to Rome; two coins to get married; and three to get divorced! When I was there I wasn't aware of the latter two of the legend and so I'm glad I only threw one coin in! It was difficult to get to the front to throw a coin in but the second time we went it was a little bit quieter so there was a small space for me stand. If you walk near the edge though, when people move you can get in quite easily (well, easier than you can if you stand on the path at the top!)
When we set off to go and visit the Fountain, we didn't really know where we were going (but luckily we had a map!!) It seemed to take us a while to get there from where we set off. (However, once we got our bearings it wasn't as far as we first thought) It is quite near The Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona. We walked along a long street of shops, which had quite a few side streets. Trevi Fountain was along one of the side streets. I was fascinated how we were just walking along a fairly quiet street when all of a sudden we turned a corner and we were right in front of Trevi Fountain which was teaming with people!
Trevi Fountain is the most famous fountain in Rome and I think it is also the most beautiful. We visited the fountain on three occasions, each time it was just as packed with people as the last! It was very difficult to move around the fountain, as there were hundreds of people sitting down. Also, there were lots of people taking photos so it was difficult not to walk in front of someone's camera.
There are quite a few people selling Roses around the area of the fountain. The first time we went, a Rose seller pushed 3 roses in my hand before I knew what was happening and told me I could have them. He then asked my parents for 3Euro's! (about £2.10) I didn't want the roses and my parents didn't want to pay so this was rather inconvenient! We handed two of the roses back and against our better judgement handed the man 1 Euro! After that we made sure that no one could push unwanted roses into my hands! So be aware that they tell you they are free then ask for money!! (We did think it strange that they said they were giving them away!)
We went to the Fountain twice during the day and once at dusk. Unfortunately we didn't see it when it was dark because we would have missed the courtesy bus back to the hotel. It was really pretty during the day and at dusk. It would have been lovely to stay an extra 20 minutes or so to see it in the dark (all lit up) as I have heard it is fantastic. Maybe the coin I threw in will one day take me back to Rome so I can see the Fountain at night. Who knows?
There is a wonderful ice-cream shop just a little way past the Fountain called San Crispino. We read in a guide book that it is considered by the Roman's the best ice cream in Italy, which is close to saying that it is the best ice cream in the world! I couldn't read a statement like that without trying it for myself so we asked a policeman where it was and we found it quite easily. This ice-cream shop only serves ice cream in cups (not cones) as cones contain artificial ingredients. The ice cream was delicious and it was made with real fruit which is in season (which unfortunately meant no strawberry when I was there!) If you are at Trevi Fountain and you like ice cream I think San Crispino's is well worth a visit!
There are also nice Pizza shops near Trevi Fountain so you can easily get something to eat.
Trevi Fountain was not as big I'd pictured it but it was still large. It is beautiful and it is well worth a visit if you are in Rome! Visiting the actual fountain is free but the Pizza and ice cream isn't :-) so make sure you have some money for food!! Also don't forget to take your coin (or coins) to throw into the water!
Trevi Fountain is easy to find if you have a map of the city and follow the signposts.
Thank you for reading! x