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Fontana Di Trevi
Fontana di Trevi (Rome, Italy)
Member Name: Ainat
Fontana di Trevi (Rome, Italy)
Advantages: Beautiful, and strangely peaceful.
Disadvantages: Pickpocket hotspot. Be careful.
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.
Summary: Definitely a place to visit if you're in Rome.
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