Trevi Fountain - Rome live camLive images of the Trevi Fountain, a masterpiece by Nicola Salvi and Giuseppe Pannini

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    • 1 week ago
    • Lois

    Capture sam: 3 coins in the fountain was the film. Legend has it that throwing a coin from the right hand over the left shoulder will ensure that you will return to Rome in the future. After the film, it was claimed throwing a second coin guarantees a romance and a third coin will ensure marriage! Whatever, the fact that charities benefit from the coins thrown makes it a beautiful thing to do!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Mel

    @Kiki,hi it’s just such a wonderful magical place,hope to keep returning in the future. We did the same with Venice,went once and been back about eight times now the magic never stops.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Kiki

    @Mel, me too, I fell in love with Rome, big time! How wonderful you are going back, all the best to your travels. We spent most of our time working, did not matter one bit, the whole essence of Rome transported the mundane into the sublime. Bella Roma!!!

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Mel

    @Kiki we went to Rome in March and absolutely loved it,did most of sights but didn’t see everything so going back again in August to see some more.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Kiki

    @mel, thank you! I have only been to Rome once and it was a business thing. In my post, tried my best to quote the guide we had, lol:) Thank you again Relais Fountaine di Trevi and Hostaria Trevi for hosting this awesome cam, what a view!

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Mel

    @Kiki,very informative you would make a very good tour guide haha.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Kiki

    @somarathna, the importance of the Trevi is that it is one of the oldest water sources in Rome. It was built in 19BC when they were building the Aqua Virgo Aqueduct, that is still in operation today!. All Roman aqueducts had a fountain for the citizens to be able to get free, drinkable water. After WW1, fountains had a water spout built on the side or near the fountain and citizens now use that for getting water(but most have indoor plumbing these days, of course). Actual fountain water is no longer for collecting( or splashing in!)

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Capture Sam

    even better, coins that are local go to one charity, and coins from 'other' places go to another charity - less expenses, how cool is that? The tossing of coins over the shoulder backwards into the fountain- comes from a movie, ( tell me , which movie ) Who starred? regardless - the fountains history goes way way way back in time. Back in history to the recorded faX, eh? Enjoy EnJoy

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Mel

    €3000 a day which goes to a charity called Caritas who help poor and homeless people in Rome so it is going to a good cause, so keep throwing your coins in.

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Philip john carroll

    It was reported in the paper sometime ago, that over e3k ends up in the Fountain every week? So here's my question, Who gets that money?? the local Mafia [council] ??

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Mel

    4am Rome time and still people at the fountain,even someone waving at the cam !

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Mel

    There are pickpockets,robbers con men and women all over the world,some places more than others you just have to watch your backs !

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    • 1 month ago
    • Mel

    @%arc no need to watch my pockets thanks,I’m not that stupid !

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • %arc

    @Mel, watch your pockets than ... :-) enjoy your trip

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.

Cam on-line since: 02/15/2014