Trevi Fountain: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the Trevi Fountain.

  • The Trevi Fountain is one of the world’s most famous fountains. It is located in the Trevi district of Rome and is one of over 2,000 fountains in the city.
  • It was commissioned by the Pope during the 17th century to replace an earlier fountain. It was designed over 30 years by several architects, including Bernini, Salvi and Pannini.
  • It is situated at the end of an aqueduct, constructed in 19 BC. According to legend, the fountain stands on a site where a shepherdess found a spring for thirsty Roman soldiers.
  • The Trevi Fountain is located directly in front of the Palazzo Poli. The 18th century palace, once known for lavish parties, is today home to a collection of 16th century engravings.
  • The fountain has a statue of Neptune, standing in a chariot pulled by several winged horses. It also features mermaids, sea monsters and sea shells set in the swirling waters.

Trevi Fountain

  • The horses represent the restless and unpredictable ocean.
  • Two bas-reliefs show Agrippa, the man who designed the aqueduct, and the moment when the spring was discovered.
  • Each day, about 80 million litres of water flows through the Trevi Fountain. The water is recycled and used in other Roman fountains, including the one in front of the Spanish Steps.
  • The fountain is just over 26 metres high, and measures 49 metres across. It is Rome’s largest baroque fountain and is made from travertine stone quarried outside the city.
  • Throwing a coin into the fountain is popular, which should be done with the right hand over the left shoulder. About 3,000 Euros are thrown into the water each day.
  • The Trevi Fountain appears in several films, including Roman Holiday, La Dolce Vita and To Rome With Love. It is also in the film Three Coins in the Fountain, with its theme song sung by Frank Sinatra.

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