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    • 2 days ago
    • HT

    Ciao--Anna are you sure it was not off line?!! Here is always crowded..

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    • 2 days ago
    • Anna Etters

    Is everybody out eating? Why is this empty at 8:00 on a Friday?

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Gert

    'Summer' fines be implemented for 'unruly' tourists for misbehavior in and around Rome.

    http://www.history.com/news/italy-is-fed-up-with-tourists-frolicking-in-the-trevi-fountain

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • steve

    0515 local, wedding pics being taken.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Gert

    It's weird, the streets around Rome & around the touristy places are just empty. Usually even in the middle of the night there are people walking around, sitting, talking, etc. It's about 04:30 local time.

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    • 1 month ago
    • HT

    Hi Ryan....seems you are with us ..so we'll pick you up, too ....pack your luggage, and don't forget that big coffee maker ..and some coins..we'll be there at 4 am..

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    • 1 month ago
    • Ryan byrne

    HT and Janey... 4 am looks good.. Empty:). This place is crazy crowded.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • HT

    Hi Janey.....when they built that bridge pick me up from here and set the time so that we get there at 4 AM..

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    • 2 months ago
    • Teddy Bayer

    At 5:30 am Italy time someone went into the water, bunch of people around. Three police vehicles taking most of them away. After she went in the water, had a hard time getting out. Wow! I have watched this for years, and never seen anyone actually go in to the fountain.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Filomena Santos

    It was closed when I was there 2 years ago..so I have to go back to that wonderful place.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Janey

    HT -- Yes, there seem to be a few times in the early morning hours when no one is there. If I ever get there, I will wake up early to see it. When they build the bridge from the US to Europe, I might consider traveling :))

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • HT

    Hi Janey--It's 4:48 Trevi time and nobody is here..

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    • 2 months ago
    • %arc

    I don't think that crowd is the issue, the issue is what compose it, in the past it was a huge majority of tourist and a very little one of pocket lifter.. or thieve, but lately, with that huge number of illegal migrants that reach Italy, and the increasing number of beggars (some quite aggressive) it became really hard to enjoy these monuments and Roman attraction since you pass most of your time watching your bags and pockets and not much left to watch the monument itself, incredible what Rome has become in just 5 - 8 years...

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    • 2 months ago
    • HT

    Hi Lucy--when i was a high schooler it was a bad habit to stand around the corners with a long keychain and spin it around a finger ....but now I wished I was standing there to see you at the time of turning ..that corner
    Hi Janey--Is'nt it the time to tell me about your plants in the yard?

Trevi Fountain - Rome

It is one of the most famous and recognizable symbols of Rome in the world and one of the most beautiful fountains of the Italian capital, an impressive masterpiece of late Baroque architecture, sculpture and engineering (1735) by Nicola SalviTrevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) and its magnificent backdrop Poli Palace (Palazzo Poli) dominate Trevi Square (Piazza Trevi).

The construction of the Aqueduct Virgin (Aqua Virgo, Acquedotto Vergine), still in use since the Emperor Augustus' period, has strongly influenced its history, it seems that its name derives from the Latin word "trivium" (Treio), meaning a crossing of three roads, the fountain marks the exact terminal point of the aqueduct; the ancient three spouts pouring water into three separate tanks were replaced in 1453 with a larger rectangular basin by Leon Battista Alberti upon the desire of Pope Nicholas V; the aqueduct was later restored in obedience to Pope Pius V's wishes in 1570 and in 1640 taken again in consideration upon request from Pope Urban VIII by Gian Lorenzo Bernini whose assignment was to embellish the fountain and the square with a more imposing style, this in order to glorify the close Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini); the square was partly enlarged and the fountain resited from the other side of the square to face the Quirinal, unfortunately after a few years the project was abandoned due to pope's death and the lack of funds; since then the fountain underwent numerous but unsuccessful interventions until the Dukes of Poli, the new Pope Innocent XIII's family, decided to expand their property by including a palace in Trevi Square with a fountain lying on its façade, but only in 1731 the direction has finally changed, Pope Clement XII set up a competition to find an artist able to rebuild the fountain, the winner was Nicola Salvi who proposed to work on the basis of some original Bernini’s sketches, four years later the fountain was partly completed; after a number of different vicissitudes and sculptors only under the Pontificate of Pope Clement XIII and the work of Giuseppe Pannini the fountain was finally completed and inaugurated in 1762.

Trevi Fountain is really impressive, the taming and the power of the waters its main themes, the large rectangular basin with rounded corners collects waters flowing from different points, in the middle of a long rocky reef a magnificent statue symbolizing "Oceanus" (Neptune, Nettuno) emerges from a large niche standing atop a shell-shaped chariot drawn by two winged horses (representing the changing mood of the sea, calm and rough waters) both led by two mermen; two smaller side niches flanking Ocean host "Healthiness" (Salubrità) and "Abundance" (Abbondanza), these thee statues are bounded by four large corinthian columns supporting two bas-relief panels and four smaller allegorical statues symbolizing the four seasons, "Abundance of Fruit" (Abbondanza della Frutta), "Fertility of the Fields", (Fertilità dei Campi), "Products of Autumn" (Ricchezza dell’Autunno) and "Amenity of Gardens" (Amenità dei Giardini), in central position stands the great commemorative inscription affixed upon request from Pope Clement XII.

Although Salvi engineered the general concept, the magnificence of the fountain and the complexity of its statues have required the participation of many artists, "Oceanus", the horses and the mermen, for example, were initiated by Maini but after his death finished by Bracci, "Healthiness" and "Abundance" are della Valle's works, the two bas-reliefs have been carved by Bergondi (Agrippa) and Battista Grossi (the Roman virgin), the four upper statues are Corsini, Ludovisi, Queirolo and Pincellotti's works, this last one was also involved in the work of the reef, the pope's coat of arms was made by Benaglia; the curious travertine vase, the so-called Ace of Cups (Asso di Coppe), that actually has nothing to do with the whole structure, is said to have been placed by Salvi in a strange position to cover the view of a next fault-finding barber, who from his salon didn't spare his bitter remarks about the works.

Trevi Fountain is today a real must-see attracting a very high number of daily tourists who, according to the tradition, throw a coin into it on their back to ensure a return trip to the Eternal City; but this masterpiece has been an inspiration to poets, artists, musicians, and filmmakers as well, how to forget it as romantic location in the most iconic scene in Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg.

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