Trevi Fountain, Rome│The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is a fountain in the Trevi district of Rome, Italy. It was designed by an Italian architect, and Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. It is not hard to see why it is one of the most famous fountains in the world, and has appeared in several notable films (including Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita). The Trevi Fountain is one of the oldest water sources in Rome. It dates back to ancient Roman times, since the construction of the Aqua Virgo Aqueduct in 19 B.C. that provided water to the Roman baths and the fountains of central Rome. We came to this fountain while exploring various central Roman sights on foot. It was a beautiful day, and there were plenty of tourists out and about. Some day, when we are in Italy again, I would love to see this fountain at night or around dusk.
It is probably no surprise that this fountain uses A LOT of water! The Trevi Fountain is 85 feet tall and is almost 65 feet wide, and it spills about 2,824,800 cubic feet of water every day. In Ancient Roman times people would drink from the fountain, but these days the water is recycled so you definitely can’t take a sip of this big blue pool of water.
An estimated €3,000 is thrown into the fountain each day. Coins are allegedly meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder. The legend holds that a coin thrown into the fountain will ensure your return to Rome. An interesting fact about this coin tossing is that the fountain is charitable! The money collected from the water is used to subsidise a supermarket for Rome’s needy – a supermarket program giving rechargeable cards to Rome’s needy to help them get groceries.
From June 2014 to November 2015 visitors found the Trevi Fountain drained and sealed off with fencing. Now it has reopened after a €2m restoration and the attraction is greater than ever. We sure were happy that we weren’t among those tourists who arrived at a fenced off Trevi Fountain… this is definitely a Roman sight worth seeing!