You will not found any other place in the world that celebrates the evermutating and incredible power of water like Rome. The Trevi Fountain is a fantastic work of art that is much more than a mere sculpture. This triumphant example of Baroque art with its soft, natural lines and fantasy creatures embodies movement as the soul of the world. The fountain is a true wonder, a jewel of water and stone that is nestled between the palaces of the historic centre of city
This work of art is so famous that even cinema has commemorated it on more than one occasion. Everyone remembers the scene in the renowned Italian film "La Dolce Vita" by Fellini. On a quiet night in an almost unreal Rome, an alluring Anita Ekgerg jumps into the Trevi Fountain with her clothes...
A 31-year old man was recently fined for swimming in the Trevi Fountain . If he was attempting a reproduction of Anita Ekberg in the famous scene, he probably missed the mark.
The man entered the water, before enacting a swimming race and then dived into the larger pool at the foot of the fountain.
A few years ago, entering the water got you a 15.000 lire fine which equates to about 300 euros today.
timecoding wrote on Feb 18, '09
I understand that when the ancient aquaducts were built, the fountains were the literal distribution centers of activity where the citizens would obtain their culinary and drinking water. Thus, to embellish these places (plazas) and fountains was an extension of the idea that water is indeed symbolic of the lyric of life.
belita747 wrote on Feb 18, '09, edited on Feb 18, '09
Nice post... nice photos... nice music... as usual! I am sure you know the original legend that says if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, you will return to Rome sometime in the future. During my first visit to Rome, I did not miss doing it and... actually, I have returned back to Rome a few years later. Nowadays, this legend has changed a little bit, maybe due to inflation: instead of one coin you better throw 3 coins, doing it with your right hand over your left shoulder. It will give you good luck. Interesting, isn't it? I think you remember the Lisbon's aqueduct that runs through 35 arches. It dates from XVIII century. Lisbon was suffering from lack of drinking water and the then King John V decided to build it to bring water from some place about 25 km far from the city. Do you remember all those fountains scattered here and there in Lisbon. They were all connected to the aqueduct, so that people in the several quarters they were located, could easily be provided with drinking water. Wow... sorry... I wrote too much... I think, you already know my style... Have a nice rest of the week...with luck!
jashheifetz wrote on Feb 18, '09
Anita Eckberg and Mercello Mastroianni............"La Dolce Vita".
I love Italian songs and Italia.
Peppino Di Capri, Peppino Galiardi, my favourites.......que bella canzzone.
E ja cara Viera cosi e la vitta.
corrine2 wrote on Feb 19, '09
Beautiful pictures and great post, Viera!!
I look forward to see Fontana di Trevi sometimes...
michaelmichoo wrote on Feb 19, '09
Ah, the beauty of Trevi Fountain...and of Roma in general...a place of dreams, for sure, but also of history and all the allure, and mysterious tales, that it encompasses... back to Trevi...I was last there five months ago and have pictures yet to be posted...I must do that soon...thanks for sharing, Viera! The fountain and its charm are as you write...indeed, a very evocative and romantic place!
belita747 saidif you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, you will return to Rome sometime in the future
yes my dear belita...I did it and visited Roma many times...
A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. Among those who are unaware that the "three coins" of Three Coins in the Fountain were thrown by three different individuals, a reported current interpretation is that two coins will ensure a marriage will occur soon, while three coins leads to a divorce. A reported current version of this legend is that it is lucky to throw three coins with one's right hand over one's left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain.
Approximately 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day and are collected at night. The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome's needy. However, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain, including some using a magnetized pole.
Thanks for your beautiful comment...
buckroo wrote on Feb 19, '09
Wow, that is definitely going on my list of "must see" places. Thanks for another inspirational blog Viera :)
mrthree wrote on Feb 21, '09
We need to meet near there for coffee and then we can walk and talk all around the Trevi Fountain. YOU DO NOT GET TO WALK THROUGH IT = WE WALK AROUND IT. Ha. The Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain is the most famous and arguably the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome. Would love to see it! Three
viera7 wrote on Feb 21, '09, edited on Feb 21, '09
It is basically true that all roads lead to Rome...than it's no problem to meet us near the la fountain for coffee and then we can walk and talk all around the history...The coffee there is excellent and the atmosphere of Rome is stunning...
Actually I'm ready to pay 300 Euros when you will kiss me like Marcello...:-)