The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous and recognizable symbols of Rome in the world, as well as one of the most beautiful fountains in the Italian capital. In summary, it is an impressive masterpiece of late Baroque architecture, sculpture and engineering by Nicola Salvi (1735).
Although Salvi designed the overall concept, the magnificence of the fountain and the intricacy of its statues required the participation of many artists. The Trevi Fountain and its magnificent setting of Palazzo Poli dominate Piazza Trevi.
The construction of the Virgin Aqueduct, still in use since the time of Emperor Augustus, has strongly influenced its history. It seems that its name derives from the Latin "trivio", which means a crossing of three roads, the fountain marked the end of the aqueduct.
Previously, the fountain had three spouts that poured water into three separate basins, replaced in 1453 by a large rectangular basin by Leon Battista Alberti at the wish of Pope Nicholas V.
The aqueduct was subsequently restored in obedience to the will of Pope Pius V in 1570 and in 1640, taken into consideration, at the request of Pope Urban VIII of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, whose task was to embellish the fountain and the square with a more impressive style.
The Trevi Fountain is truly impressive, striking the power of the waters that flow from different points and collected in the large rectangular basin with rounded corners, and in the middle a long rocky cliff.
A magnificent statue symbolizes Neptune emerging standing atop a shell-shaped chariot pulled by two winged horses (representing the changing mood of the sea) and led by two tritons.
The Trevi Fountain is now one of the main things to see in Rome, attracting a very large number of tourists every day. According to tradition the flip a coin back guarantees a return trip to the Eternal City.
This masterpiece has been a source of inspiration for poets, artists, musicians and filmmakers, as well as how to forget the romantic position in the scene of the most iconic film by Fellini "La Dolce Vita", with Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg.
If you want to reach the Trevi Fountain in Rome, forget about buses, taxis, cars or any means of transport, this splendid fountain it can only be reached on foot.
The easiest way to not walk far is by taking the subway. The line A of the metro and get off at the “Barberini” stop, and then continue on foot.
If you are on the underground, we recommend that you get off at the “Barberini” stop on line A and then continue on foot. Distance is about 600 meters, just over 5 minutes.