The Trevi Fountain
Art Every Woman Must See
The Trevi Fountain is the most famous and arguably the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome. It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city, standing 85 feet high and 65 feet wide. The fountain is located at the meeting of three roads (tre vie). Built at the end of an aqueduct (Aqua Virgo) that was constructed in 19BC, it is located at the meeting of three roads (Tre Vie).
The Aqua Virgo was built by Augustus’s son-in-law Agrippa to supply water for the Roman Baths. The water for the fountain comes from the Salone Springs about 14 miles outside of Rome.
In 1629, Pope Urban VIII commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to build the Trevi Fountain, however, Pope Urban VIII died prior to completion of the fountain and the project was stopped.
In 1732 Pope Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi to design a fountain to be built in Trevi Square. Salvi’s design uses many of the elements in Bernini’s original design. The statue took 30 years to complete.
The central figure in the fountain is Neptune, god of the sea. Neptune is riding a chariot in the shape of a shell that is pulled by two sea horses. Each sea horse is guided by a Triton. One horse is calm the other is enraged symbolizing the moods of the sea.
Legend has it you will return to Rome if you throw a coin into the water. To ensure your wish, you should toss the coin with your right hand over your right shoulder with your back to the fountain.
Did you know that the fountain is swept everyday for coins and jewelry reaping over €3000 a day?
Who knows what the city does with the money after it is collected?
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