on September 16, 2010
The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is an enormous Baroque fountain in the centre of Rome that shouldn’t be missed.You come upon the fountain through narrow streets which suddenly open out into a small square that is completely dominated by this 85 ft high, extravagant monument. The first fountain on the site was a conservative affair and was built in 1453. In 1629 the Pope asked Bernini to create something more impressive and Bernini started on designs that moved the location of the fountain slightly. The death of the Pope put an end to these plans however work began again in 1732 on Salvis design which is what stands in the square today. Unfortunately Salvi dies in 1751 so never saw his structure finished as it took 30 years to complete.The fountain was completely cleaned and refurbished about 15 years ago and is now stunningly beautiful to behold. The water tumbles rapidly from several outlets with intricately carved figures standing guard. The whole structure has a great feeling of symmetry and should be viewed from all angles to appreciate it better.The 1954 film Three Coins in the Fountain popularised the myth that throwing a coin into the fountain will guarantee you a return to Rome. Coins should be thrown with the right hand over the left shoulder with your back to the fountain (so the legend goes!). The money extracted from the fountain by the authorities is used for local charitable causes but there are always people around who will try and take the money themselves as well.The area is thronging with tourists and gift stalls but it is still worth a visit as it is such an impressive structure in such a small space.
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