Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) by night

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Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is one of the most famous fountains in the world and definitely the largest Baroque fountain in Rome. The fountain is a jewel of water and stone that is nestled between the palaces of the historic centre of the city in Trevi district.

The history of the fountain began in 1453 when Pope Nicholas V got the fountain built at the end of Acqua Vergine aqueduct. It was designed by Alberti. In 1629 Pope Urban VIII asked Bernini to design the renovation. However, his sketch was abandoned after pope’s death, one thing remained and it was the fact, that fountain should have been resited. The competition for the new design won a Florentine Galilei, but due to outcry that a Florentine should built a fountain in Rome, Nicola Salvi was awarded the commission. Work began in 1732, and the fountain was completed in 1762 by Guiseppe Pannini (Salvi had died in 1751).

The fountain is 25.9 metres high and 19.8 metres wide. The central figure of the fountain, in front of a large niche, is the God of Sea, Neptune, riding a chariot in the form of shell pulled by two sea horses. The horses symbolize the changeable moods of the sea – one is calm and obedient, the second one is restive. Each of them is guided by a Triton. On the sides there are the statues representing Abundance and Salubrity. The backdrop for the fountain is the Palazzo Poli, with a façade of Corinthian pilasters. Above the sculptures in the fountain are bas-reliefs, one of them shows Agrippa, the girl after whom the aqueduct was named. All around, natural and artificial forms merge together in a representation of rocks and petrified vegetation that run along the foundation of the palace and around the borders of the pool, which represents the sea.

Legend says that you will return to Rome if you toss a coin over your shoulder with your back to the 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.

The Trevi Fountain is very famous and it appeared in several films. There is a scene in the 1953 comedy Roman Holiday, the film Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) is connected with the fountain, a scene of drenching Anita Ekberg in Federico Fellini's La dolce vita, Bon Jovi's Thank You For Loving Me music video was filmed there, a scene from the 2003 film Under the Tuscan Sun and many more.
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