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.

Rome: Facts About the Capital of Italy

Here are some facts about Rome.

  • Rome has a population of almost 2.7 million and is Italy’s capital and largest city. It is located on the River Tiber, almost exactly in the middle of the country.
  • Rome was founded in 753 BC, and every April residents celebrate its founding. It may have been named after the twins Romulus and Remus who were cared for by a wolf.

  • The world’s smallest country, Vatican City, is surrounded entirely by Rome. It covers just 44 hectares and has its own post office, railway station, currency and police force.
  • Rome has featured in many films, including Spartacus, La Dolce Vita, Roman Holiday and Angels and Demons.
  • The city is twinned with Paris, and partner cities include Cairo, London and Tokyo.
  • Rome’s most famous building is the Colosseum, built in around 70 AD, for gladiator fights. The huge arena could hold 80,000 people and has influenced the design of many modern stadiums.
  • The Pantheon was built in 27 BC as a temple. It still has one of the largest unsupported concrete domes in the world, which measures 43 metres across.
  • St. Peter’s is the largest church in the world, and covers 21,000 square metres of floor space. It is almost 140 metres high and measures over 210 metres from front to back.
  • Two offbeat sites in Rome include the pasta museum, and the Park of the Monsters, containing scary figures carved out of rock.
  • The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous in the world. An estimated 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day, and throwing in a coin is said to ensure a return to Rome.
  • There are at least 40 catacombs deep under Rome’s streets, stretching for over 250 km. The Capuchin crypt is decorated with the old bones of 4,000 dead monks.