Interesting places in Rome: Trevi Fountain
As is well known, all roads lead to Rome. Anyone who has visited the capital of Italy at least once will admit that it should not surprise anyone - this city is a real cultural and historical monument. We can see amazing architectural gems and experience the unique Italian atmosphere on practically every corner. But what if we only have a few days to visit Rome? Which places are worth seeing? Certainly one of them is the famous Trevi Fountain.
Baroque masterpiece - Trevi Fountain
This building is undoubtedly the most popular fountain in Italy, and possibly also in the world. It was built in the 15th century by Leon Battiste Alberti on the orders of Clement XII, the pope at the time. Interestingly, it is powered by an aqueduct that was built in the 19th century BCE! It also powers the fountain at the Spanish Steps. Many visitors are under the impression that such old structures still function efficiently, but for Romans it is a daily bread.
In the years when the Trevi Fountain was built, it did not look as phenomenal as it does now. Rebuilt many times, it was subjected to modifications in accordance with the visions of subsequent Roman rulers as well as architects and artists working for them. The author of the monumental design was Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, but the construction could not be completed due to the enormous financial outlays it required. Another reconstruction took place in the 18th century. The works lasted 30 years, and the author of the design himself did not live to see the completion of the reconstruction of the fountain.
What distinguishes Di Trevi from other fountains in Italy and the world? First of all, its size and form that resembles the facade of a building. Its height is more than 20 meters, and its width - 26 meters. Looking at the figures set in the center of the fountain - Okeanos and two tritons - one can get the impression that they will move in a moment. This impression intensifies in the evening, when reflections of water are reflected in the sculptures. In addition to the titan, you can see Neptune sitting in his chariot drawn by two hippocamps. They symbolize the two faces of the sea - calm and rough. Below you can see female figures.
Trevi Fountain - a meeting place and film hero
The Trevi Fountain is a favorite meeting place for Roman teenagers and tourists tired of visiting the Eternal City. But where did the mysterious name of the fountain come from? According to legends, it comes from the name of a virgin named Trevia. She discovered a water source used in the construction of the aqueduct. This is why the water supplied to the fountain is called Acqua Virgo.
Every tourist who visits the fountain must of course throw a small coin into it. Depending on how many coins he tossed in, he wants different things. One means a return to Rome, two an affair, and three - a wedding. There are so many coins that the city regularly catches them. The money obtained in this way is used to help the poor or to renovate monuments.
The Trevi Fountain was the background of films many times, and it gained fame after the film La Dolce Vita from 1960, directed by Federico Fellini. The heroine of this film bathed in a fountain, which some tourists want to repeat - however, it is strictly forbidden.