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Interesting Facts about the Trevi Fountain

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Date: 2014-01-28 14:11:44


Author: Samuel Heenan

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The Trevi Fountain is one of the top attractions in Rome and one of the most famous fountains in the world. Daily thousands of visitors make their way to the Fontana di Trevi. The original legend says that if you throw a coin into the Trevi – with your back to the fountain, throwing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder – that will ensure a return to Rome. Coins aside it is a wonderful spectacle nestled in the narrow streets of the city centre you will find crowds here day and night. Below you will find some interesting facts about Rome's most impressive fountain.

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1.) The Trevi Fountain is situated at the end of the Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct constructed in 19 BC by Agrippa, the son-in-law of Emperor Augustus.

2.) The Trevi Fountain, or Fontana di Trevi in Italian, is Italy’s largest and most famous Baroque fountain, standing 85 feet high and 65 feet across.

Trevi Fountain Neptune -  Around Rome Tours3.) The central figure of the fountain, standing in a large niche, is Neptune, god of the sea.

4.) The fountain took 30 years to build upon completion in 1762. It replaced a previous less glamorous fountain in its place.

5.) The Contest to design the fountain was won by Alessandro Galilei over Nicola Salvi, however as Galilei was a florentine and Salvi Roman, outcry in the capital led to the commission being given to Salvi.

6.) Nicola Salvi died in 1751 and never lived to see the completed version which was finished by the architect and painter Giuseppe Pannini.

7.) The tossing of a coin into the Trevi Fountain has pagan origins, that the tossed coin is an offer to the Goddes of the Waters, to please her begging the Goddess to support them, to make their vessels return safely home, to protect a relative during his/her journey by sea…

8.) The Trevi Fountain stands at the junction of three roads, ceremoniously marking the end point of one of Rome’s earliest aqueducts, Aqua Virgo. It’s location led to it’s rather literal name- Fontana di Trevi means Three Street Fountain.

9.) The three streets of Trevi are Via De' Crocicchi, Via Poli and Via Delle Muratte.

10.) Every night  about 3,000 Euros are swept up from the bottom of the basin. The money is donated to Caritas, a catholic charity, who uses the money to provide services for needy families in Rome.

11.) Italian fashion company, Fendi, announced in January 2013 that it would fund a 2.2 millon Euro restoration of Trevi Fountain, this 20 month project will be the most thorough restoration in the fountain’s history.

12.) In 1996 the fountain was turned off and draped in black crepe in honour of recently deceased actor Marcello Mastroianni who hadMarcello Mastroianni - Around Rome Tours filmed a famous scene there in La Dolce Vita.

13.) The aqueduct of Aqua Virgo brings water all the way from the Salone Springs (approx. 21km from Rome) and supplies the Trevi fountain and the other fountains in the historic center of Rome with water.

14.) Many men were injured and few died during the construction of the fountain. In 1734 a stone-cutter was crushed by a large block of travertine. in 1736 a mason fell from the roof and died. In 1740 an apprentice slipped on the Travertine and passed away after many head lesions.

15.) Every day it spills 80.000 cubic meter of water (2,824,800 cubic feet).

16.) The inscription on the attic says: CLEMENS XII PONT. MAX. AQUAM VIRGINEM COPIA ET SALUBRITATE COMMENDATAM CULTO MAGNIFICO ORNAVIT ANNO DOMINI MDCCXXXV PONT VI. Translation: Clemens XII Pontifex Maximus decorated the Virgin Acqueduct and committed it with abundance and salubrity to the magnific cult in the Year of the Lord 1735, 6th year of his pontificat.

17.) The fountain is backed by the Poli Palace that belonged to the Conti Family dukes of Poli, a town in the Lazio Region. Today the palace houses the National Institute of Graphic Art.

18.) The fountain is mostly built of travertine stone. The name of this stone derives from the Latin adjective tiburtinus, which means from Tibur, the actula city of Tivoli, about 22 miles (35 kilometers) East of Rome.

To find out more about the Trevi Fountain and other fountains of Rome you can take a Rome by night walking tour or a Rome Squares and Fountains Tour.

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