Exploring Rome — Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain (La fontana di Trevi, in Italian) is one of the most spectacular fountains in all of Rome.

It is tucked away in the Piazza di Trevi, and, were it not for all the crowds, you might never realize the fountain was there — a hallmark of the Baroque, which always sought to engage the viewer emotionally.

The fountain’s iconography is typical of the Baroque. I’ll explain more of the fountains origins and design at a later date. To find the Trevi Fountain, just follow the signs in the city center. As you walk around Rome, you’ll notice signs to many of the major sites — it makes it almost impossible to get lost. Should you miss the signs, the fountain is located in the Piazza di Trevi (see map below).

I suggest visiting the fountain twice. Once during the day, when the light is good. This will allow for great photographs to be taken. Then, revisit the fountain at night and see it lit up. It is a truly spectacular sight to see once the sun has set. If you’re the romantic type, it will be a much more enjoyable experience. The crowds at the fountain are heavy throughout the day and increase at night. Even in inclement weather, the crowds at the fountain never seem to abate. Want to see the fountain without all the people crowding, then go in the morning (between 7am-9am) while everyone else is having breakfast or sleeping in.

And most importantly, don’t forget to toss a coin (or two…or three) into the fountain. There are many legends as to what this will do, but the most common one is this — toss a coin over your shoulder into the fountain, and you will return to Rome again. Toss two coins into the fountain (again, over your shoulder), and you’ll marry soon. Toss three…be prepared to head for divorce court! Suffice it say it to say, you can probably get by with just tossing one coin. Not only will you increase your chances of returning to Rome, but you’ll be donating money to a worthy cause. Much of the money collected is used to run a supermarket for the homeless and low-income wage earners in Rome to help them afford to buy food. I can’t think of a better reason to toss a few euro into the fountain.