The Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain is the most famous and beautiful fountain in all of Rome. It was constructed in 19 B.C. It brings water all the way from the Salone Springs (approx 12 miles from Rome) and supplies the fountains in the historic center of Rome with water.
In 1732, Pope Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi to create a large fountain at the Trevi Square. It was completed in 1762.
The central figure of the fountain, is Neptune, god of the sea. He is riding a chariot in the shape of a shell.
I think this picture turned out amazing – you will be in awe at the beauty of these fountains!
The shell is being pulled by two sea horses. One of the horses is calm and obedient (on the right), the other one restive (on the left). They symbolize the fluctuating moods of the sea.
On the left hand side of Neptune is a statue representing Abundance, the statue on the right represents Healthy Life.
Tossing a Coin
Luckily, we went with friends who knew about the tossing of the coin. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have known about this tradition (thanks Laura!)
The water at the bottom of the fountain represents the sea. Legend has it you will return to Rome if you throw a coin into the water. You should toss it over your shoulder with your back to the fountain. An estimated 3,000 euros in coins are thrown into the fountain every day.
Here’s to wishing our return to Rome one day!
Are you ready to go to Rome yet??