When in Rome, the Trevi Fountain is a must see. As you walk closer to the fountain, you will definitely hear it well before seeing it. The most famous fountain in the world has appeared in several notable films, three coins in the fountain, Roman holiday and La Dolce Vita so you just might recognize it.
The Trevi Fountain is located in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy. It was designed by an Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci in 1762. It is 26.3 meters (86 ft) high and 49.15 meters (161.3 ft) wide, as the largest Baroque fountain in the city.
There are so much intricate details and the engineering is amazing. To think it was made centuries ago is truly remarkable. The central statue of the fountain is Neptune, God of the sea, riding a shell-shaped chariot. The chariot is being pulled by a couple of sea horses, one tame and the other wild. Messengers of the sea are leading the horses. On either side of Neptune there is a statue, one symbolizing abundance and one salubrity.
While you are there remember to throw some coins in the Fontana di Trevi. An old legend says to turn your back around (facing away from the fountain). Throw a coin that is in your right hand, over your left shoulder. This means you are guaranteed a return visit to Rome. There is also another legend that if you throw two coins in, which will lead to a new romance. Throw three coins in, which will lead to marriage.
Trevi Fountain Rome does get inundated with tourists through out the day but less crowded in the nighttime. Early in the morning or later in the evening is the best time to go and see the fountain sans crowds. If you have the time, go during the morning and night to see it differently. It’s brilliant in the sunshine and in the nighttime the fountain stands out with its beautiful lights. An estimated 3000 Euros are thrown into Fontana di Trevi each day; it is collected and donated to local charities. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, bars, and gelato shops in the area.