Fontana di Trevi

The Trevi Fountain is the largest and one of the most famous fountains of Rome; it is also considered one of the most famous fountains in the world; is an imposing fountain as termination and exhibition to celebrate the restoration of the water Virgin, built by Agrippa around 19 B.C.

In 1730, Pope Clement XII held a competition for the new design of the fountain won by Nicola Salvi. The fountain is 26.30 m high and wide 49,15. Every day emits 80,000 cubic meters of water. The prospectus of the Trevi Fountain is based on three architectural elements: a travertine facade; statute of Carrara marble; also a cliff of travertine.

The theme of the entire composition is the sea. At the center of a large triumphal arch is a statue of Oceanus, 5.8 meters high riding a chariot pulled by winged horses; left of this arch is located the statue of Abundance and the median triumphal arch right is the statue of Health, The decoration of the fountain includes 30 species of plants located where the environment is more suitable to them; The fountain leans against Poli Palace that belonged to the Conti family, owners of the Duchy of Poli, a city of Lazio; now houses the National Institute for Graphics.

The most famous tradition says that throwing a coin into the fountain, turning away, there is a propitious future return in the city .. The tradition is so universally known that are well rare tourists, including foreigners, who are fleeing to the “rite” the coin toss.

Rome City Council decided in 2006 that all the recovered coins (a sum of approximately 3000 Euros per day) are destined to Caritas of the capital

 No doubt a symbol universally known, the fountain has become one of the icons of the city of Rome. As such it could not therefore be ignored by the world of cinema; The monument is the protagonist of one of the most famous scenes of the Italian cinema and, perhaps, of that world: in La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini, 1960, Anita Ekberg dives into the tub, inviting Marcello Mastroianni to do the same.

The church opposite the fountain is the Church of Saints Vincent and Anastasius,  famous for hosting and storing precordia and hearts  stuffed  25 popes from Sixtus V to Leo XIII.


Piazza di Trevi