Wish for a return trip to Rome
The Trevi Fountain can be found within the busy hubbub of Rome’s central streets and gifts a piece of tranquillity to the vicinity. The Eternal City boasts many famous attractions like the Trevi Fountain, each with its own fascinating history and meaning beyond its beauty. The fountain can be found in the Trevi Piazza and sits as a centrepiece for the Poli Palace. It is the largest and most-famous fountain in the ancient Italian capital.
The fountain was constructed in the 1600s while the Baroque artistic movement was still in full flow, and was eventually completed in 1732. The Baroque period used exaggerated movement and clear detail to produce works of art that gave undeniable meaning to the observer. The clattering of water that spills into the crystal-clear pool comes from an aqueduct commissioned in 19AD that supplied water to Roman thermal baths for over 400 years.
The statues that sit atop Trevi Fountain are world-class sculptures in their own right and play a key role in the fountain’s symbolism. In the centre of the sculpture is ‘Ocean’, who represents water and is pulled by his 2 horses while riding a crested chariot. The word ‘trevi’ literally means the conversion of the 3 roads that meet at the attraction’s point. It is customary to throw a coin into the fountain for good fortune and to ensure a return trip to the Eternal City.
Trevi Fountain can become busy during the hot summer days; however this offers the perfect opportunity to visit the popular attraction at dusk when lights dart through the flowing water and cast dramatic shadows off the centuries-old sculptures. Needless to say, it’s a pretty romantic spot at night, too!