Trevi Fountain

Interesting Facts

  1. The Trevi Fountain’s construction took thirty years, from 1732 – 1762.
  2. According to legend, Agrippa sent out a group of soldiers to search for a spring near Rome. The spring was found after a young virgin (virgo) showed the source to the soldiers, hence the name of the aqueduct.
  3. Every day some eighty million liters of water flow through the fountain.
  4. The aqueduct brings water all the way from the Salone Springs (approx. 21km from Rome)

The Trevi Fountain, or Fontana di Trevi in Italian, is Italy's largest and most famous Baroque fountain, standing 85 feet high and 65 feet across. Baroque art, a popular European art form between 1600 and 1750, is characterized by highly ornate and decorative art and architecture. The fountain can be found in Rome's Piazza di Trevi in the Quirinale district, easily reached by bus or Metro.

The Design

The Trevi Fountain resides below ground level in a semi-circular basin. It is two tiered and decorated with figures of Roman gods. In the center of the fountain, Neptune, the roman sea god, rides a shell-shaped chariot, and tritons guide the two sea horses carrying it. The horses are meant to represent the sea's ever-changing temper, one placid and the other restive. Statues are positioned on both sides of Neptune, symbolizing abundance to and good health. Agrippa, among other figures, is exhibited in the bas-reliefs above the sculptures. As a whole, the Baroque fountain honors the power of water.

The Ritual

The tossing of a coin into a fountain is a ritual reproduced all over the world. In Roman legend, the benefits of throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain are interpreted based on your positioning. To guarantee you will see Rome again, stand with your back to the fountain and toss the coin over your shoulder. If you toss two coins, a marriage will appear in your near future. Throwing three coins will ensure a parting. Toss three coins with your right hand over your left shoulder for good luck.

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