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    • 3 hours ago
    • Lucy

    Hi Janey - Yes, I was fortunate to have had this opportunity. I was within walking distance to many of the beautiful buildings, monuments and much of what Rome had to offer. I was staying on one of the streets which radiates from Piazza del Popolo. I wondered around St. Peter's square and Cathedral, the Spanish Steps, Colosseum, and various piazzas. I learned the metro and transit systems and used them like a native of Rome. It really was an experience. I don't think it would be quite as enjoyable now for me. Still, everyone should see Rome if possible.

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    • 11 hours ago
    • Janey

    Lucy -- You are fortunate to have visited when you did. I'm afraid it will never be like that again. To walk around such a beautiful place must have been wonderful. I worked in Washington, DC, and there are many beautiful buildings and fountains, but none like this one. I used to run near all the monuments on my lunch hour and would see people from all over the world visiting. But, it was never this crowded!

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    • 1 day ago
    • Lucy

    Many years ago, I was on an assignment in Rome for a few weeks. I stayed within walking distance of these beautiful sights. One day I was just wandering around (without a map) and as I turned a corner - there was the Trevi fountain in all it's glory! But like some other commenters, I had expected it to be larger. This was in October. There were not many tourists around, and selfie sticks were not even a dream then.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Janey

    Yes, Gemma, thank you! Another mob scene today :) I'm not so sure that our view isn't the best one.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Gemma

    Hi Sharron, I think they meant it's a €750 fine for a couple if they get caught in the water

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    • 2 days ago
    • Sharron Reynolds

    Hi Janey .. thanks for your message. I must have read HT's message incorrectly which states "good luck ....and don't forget to bring your wallet with you..... for a couple it is 375x2=750 euros." The fountain is big but I must admit that the first time I saw it, after seeing it in the movies, I was disappointed as it was not the size I expected - seemed smaller. Have a great day. Sharron :)

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    • 2 days ago
    • Janey

    Hi Sharron -- The discussion about money was about the coins that are tossed in to the fountain. As Mel P stated, there is no cost to view the fountain, but they do clean out the coins thrown in when people make wishes :))

    MWH -- Please tell, the fountain looks huge from the camera vantage. In person, is it that imposing? I would love to see, but could never stand all the crowds (or the flight to get there).

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    • 2 days ago
    • Mel P

    Appalled at the cost? It's in a public square and free!

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    • 3 days ago
    • Sharron Reynolds

    It is 08:53 and only a few people are there .. looks like it is drizzling as they have umbrellas. Reading the comments I am appalled at the price to actually see the fountain. What a pity. It used to be free. I suppose that it costs a bomb to maintain. Takes the fun out of travel, doesn't it? Sharron from South Africa

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    • 4 days ago
    • Anne

    You need to make a point of getting up early and then it's

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    • 4 days ago
    • MWH

    Hi Clem. I was there 2 days ago and it was utter carnage. Good to see and appreciate but never again (same goes for most of the popular attractions) Guess they're not called popular attractions for nothing.....

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    • 4 days ago
    • Clem

    I cast a coin in in 1985 - it hasn't worked yet. It was quite crowded even then but nowhere near as bad as today - and no selfie sticks either.

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    • 5 days ago
    • Anne

    Amazing this is the first time I have saw them clearing the coins from the fountain always wondered how they done this

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    • 1 week ago
    • HT


    A couple are taking picture and she’s throwing a coin to the Fountain(with the right hand over the left shoulder)
    It helps (a little bit) their wishes for coming back again to Rome , come true..
    A police car is here.....

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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