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Fontana di Trevi

Fontana di Trevi (25)

Most tourists that go and visit the Fontana di Trevi believe that this famous work has always been here, but the fact is it is a relatively recent structure. In fact, it was built less than 250 years ago.

In 1732 Pope Clement XII approved the design by Nicola de Salvi. However, it still took 30 years to complete the project. 

If you look at the central part of the monument, you will be able to see the magnificent figure of Neptune, flanked by two Tritons who are both battling with horses. One of the horses appears serene, while the other is furious, symbolising the two states of the sea: the calm and the storm. 

The two figures in the niches on the left and right represent Abundance and Health, and were sculpted by Filippo Valle. 

If you look up to the upper part, you will see four figures. Each of them represents the fertiliser effect and uses water in each season of the year. 

One of the reasons why the Fontana di Trevi is famous around the world is due to its appearance in several films such as “Three Coins in the Fountain” or “Roman Holiday”. The film that has given it most fame, however, is undoubtedly “La Dolce Vita” by Federico Fellini. This satirical portrait of 1950s Rome shows us the famous scene by Anita Ekberg diving into the turbulent waters of the Fontana. However, you should be aware that it is prohibited to bathe in the city fountains, however tempting they may seem.

The truth is that you are before one of the city’s essential works, an obligatory sight for any visitor. And if it is your intention to return to Rome one day, then you must follow the tradition of throwing a coin into the fountain. Remember you should do it with your back to the monument and throw it over your shoulder. 

It is also well worth having a stroll around the streets adjoining the Fontana. In Via del Lavatore, for example, in the mornings there is a food market, and Via Panetteria and Via in Arcione are full of vegetables stalls and arts and crafts. 

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