Sparkling by day and romantic by night, the Trevi Fountain is a lavish oasis in the midst of Rome. With a Baroque architecture, the fountain is supplied by an aqueduct built in Agrioppa in 19 B.C. and was built by Nicola Salvi from a design by Bernini between 1732 and 1751. The gorgeous rocks and waves of the sculpture meld with the gushing waterfalls to create a vibrant base and background for the figure of Neptune and his horses.
Trevi Fountain is famous as a spot for tourists to guarantee a return to Rome by tossing a coin in. The proper coin tossing form is to stand with your back to the fountain and throw the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder. It makes a wonderful photo opportunity for your scrapbook, and then you can camp out on the steps for awhile with a gelato and look watch the crowds. In wedding season, you may see a newly married bride and groom come to the fountain for pictures and to toss their coins in. There is another interesting detail of the palace that the fountain is based against. Looking closely at the windows on the story second from the top, pay attention to the window furthest to the right. You'll see that it is not actually a true window, but a painting made to look like a window.
The fountain has its popularity in the movie world as well. It was used for some scenes in the 1953 movie 'Roman Holiday', starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Also, the monument is featured in 'Gidget Goes to Rome' and 'The Lizzie McGuire Movie'. Part of the fountain is replicated at the Italy Pavilion in Walt Disney World, USA.
Address: Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Roma, Italy
Phone: +39 06 0608
Architects: Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Nicola Salvi, Pope Clement XII
Province: Province of Rome
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