on October 25, 2010
The Trevi Fountain is a breath-taking monument in the heart of Rome. It is definetely worth visiting. I went to visit the Trevi fountain in 2007. The area holds a lot of touristic sights and is in within walking distance of the Spanish steps. The area is well signposted, the good thing about Italy is that the major cities are very familiar to tourists and English is widely spoken. I remember walking the street towards the Trevi fountain and followed the signposts and eventually found myself in a more crowded area as i got closer. It was kind of like going to the Louvre and walking through and seeing the Mona Lisa picture. The fountain is situated in the Piazza Di Trevi and once you arrive you will find yourself pushing to get to the fountain. Legend says that if a visitor throws a coin into the Trevi fountain, he/she will certainly return to Rome. No wonder then that I made more than one trip to the fountain, each time throwing in a coinonce over the left shoulder and once over the right, not being sure of the correct ritual! Even if you do not believe this, no trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Trevi! No matter what the time, the place is crowded with people, both locals and tourists--and has an atmosphere of its own. Trevi is decorated with statues and bas reliefs on big rocks from which water gushes out. Set against the background of a huge building, the central figure of the fountain is Neptune, standing on a shell drawn by sea horses. On either side are Tritons, one trying to control an unruly sea horse, the other with a gentler animal symbolizing the two moods of the sea. There are figures Abundance on the left and Health to the right. Trevi is the largest and most famous fountain in Rome, so make sure you have enough time to admire its unique architecture and soak in the atmosphere.My personal impressions were that the fountain was majestic. There seems an era of excitement and mystery and is absolutely beautiful. I found myself staring at the fountain for several minutes. This is also a great sight for taking photographs so dont forget your camera. The colour of the deep pure blue water with the amazing baroque statues on the backdrop is amazing. I was stunned at how large the fountain was as i was only expecting a tiny area, but the area is a large circular area in the middle of a square which holds hundreds of people.There is a great underground subway system in Rome, but i stayed in an area where the central station Termini is. There are lots of cheap hotels, pensions and hostels here and the good thing is that there is a nice walk that will take you through all these sights: the colleseum, spanish steps and trevi fountain. I wouldnt call Rome a pedestrian city but it is possible and people love to walk here.On another note if you fancy trying one of the Italian gelatos or pizza avoid the shops in the tourist area around Trevi fountain as they cost a small fortune. Its much better to go off the beaten track and get something to eat in the Termini area.However the fountain is beautiful and well recommended a visit.
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