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

Live Cam
Hosted by
hosted by
In collaboration
Hostaria Trevi

Comments

  • avatar
    • 3 weeks ago
    • Gwynn H

    Simon, I visited in mid-January in 2015. While it was cold and occasionally rainy, there seemed to be far fewer people and we had a wonderful time. And coming from the U.S., airfare was cheaper.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • carol

    Stunning webcam.0.7.20am here in the uk and not many people about. Should I ever visit I think for me this would be an ideal time to go as it seems to get mobbed out as the day continues.

  • avatar
    • 1 month ago
    • Gianni

    I found the whiteness of the marble doing pain into my eyes. I would have left it a bit more obscure. I liked it better the way it was. Sorry.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • simon

    Hi can anyone advise me on visiting rome in ealy jan we have only visited rome in mid oct

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • bluebird

    Catherine - To my knowledge, there is a police car stationed there every evening and during the overnight hours. Same spot.

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • Catherine Sunter

    Is there a Police car here all the time. There is no one there yet this morning and the Police as sitting there in the car!

  • avatar
    • 2 months ago
    • rikki

    good to see the Trevi up and running once again, the same also for the Spanish Steps

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • bluebird

    %arc: Oh, that nasty scaffolding. Finally, it's gone, and now a much better view of the fountain! Italy, being the wonderful place that it is, has a way of overloading all of your senses with beauty, to the point you feel your brain might short-circuit. Ha. There is only so much beauty your brain can absorb at one time. So that's why we keep needing to return!

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • craig penwill

    Went to Rome last year, amazing place filled with amazing people, and left me with amazing memories. Many thanks to the people of Rome.

  • avatar
    • 4 months ago
    • Kathy

    Beautiful!

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • %arc

    @Bluebird, Glad to read you had a good time there, I'm counting the days... 90 exactly today.. we'll be there for a week, so nice to see the scaffold has finally being removed from the house by the foutain..
    Whising you to be back in Italy as fast and much as possible, it is simply a wonderful country with unlimited pleasure to offer to art, architecture, history and food lover, we visit every year at the same period since 2008 and always dropping tears while leaving toward home.

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • bluebird

    %arc: We're back from Italy, and had a wonderful visit. Those flying toys which light up. (that the illegal sellers in Italy are trying to sell for 8 euro to 20 euro are, indeed, the same ones we have here in the US for 2 for $1. Now it's your turn to visit soon. Have a wonderful time!

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • rikki del reeko

    In my book the greatest fountain in existence, as you approach it from the side the freshness and the beauty of it all is overwhelming, never tire of its magnificence. Good to see that the scaffolding from the side building has been removed, the stonework looks much cleaner.

  • avatar
    • 5 months ago
    • Sally

    Wonderful to see the Trevi again :)

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