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The trevi Fountain in Rome is probably one of the biggest, most spectacular fountains in the Eternal city.
It is one of the essential stops on a visit to the Eternal City that amazes not only for its beauty, but also for its fascinating history.
The origins of Trevi Fountain date back to the 19th Century Bc. When at the beginning, it served as the ending point of the Aqueduct, “Aqua Virgo“. Legend has it that this name was coined by Maco Vispanio Agrippa (founder of many buildings in Imperialistic Rome in the area of Campus Martius surrounding the Trevi Fountain, including the Pantheon). As of Agrippa’s narrations, the Aqueduct was shown to him by a group of thirsty soldiers, returning home after one of the many assignments they would receive from a beautiful woman, a virgin. Hence the name: Aqua Virgo means Virgin waters.
The first Trevi Fountain has renaissance origins. It was with the supervision of Pope Nicolas the 5th in 1453, that the restorations of the Roman Aqueduct begun, following the plans of two very distinguished architects, Leon Battista Alberti and Bernardo Rossellini.
The Fountain however started to take shape only under Pope Urbano the 8th, who assigned its construction to Gian Lorenzo Bernini. As the project took form, the Pope wanted it to be bigger and bigger and even more amazing without counting the fact that it would inevitably take longer, with all the changes and upgrades and it would obviously cost more. Therefore, to make ends meet, he was forced to raise the tax on wine, which created inevitable discontentment among the Roman People. And Bernini was forced to use, in some occasions, the dismantled materials obtained from the previous project. So time, money and energy were all concentrated on this enormous fountain.
Unfortunately, both the Pope and Bernini did not live long enough to see it finished.
It was Pope Clemente the 12th, over a hundred years later, to celebrate the Fountain’s conclusions, in May of 1762. And it’s in his honor that an inscription in the center of the Fountain reads “Clemens XII PONT MAX”. And it’s the Architect Giuseppe Pannini who was in charge of ending the fountain’s construction as we see it today: a masterpiece that, you will notice, is encompassed in a portion of the lower façade of a monumental building, Palazzo Poli.
Adorned from left to right with 4 monumental statues dated 1753:
In the center of its majestic niche, you can see the statue of the God of the Seas, standing on a seashell pulled by two winged seahorses, one for each side. The one on the left is raging and it’s driven by the young version Triton, while the seahorse on the right is peaceful and it’s driven by the older version of Triton. An allegorical contribution to the different phases of the human life: Past, Present and Future.
Did you ever wonder what is meaning the lies behind such a famous act of tossing a coin into the Fountain?
Very few know, that one of the main characters that started this modern day tradition is actually a movie: The 1954 “Three coins in the Trevi Fountain” and it recites: Tossing one coin in the Fountain you will return to Rome someday, tossing two coins in the fountain you will find love with an Italian and finally, tossing three coins in the fountain you will marry the Italian you met. Mind you, the prediction is only true if you toss the coins over your left shoulder, with your right hand.
Another less known legend is the stream of the lovers
On the side of the fountain you can find a drinking fountain called the Lovers’ stream. With a marble bench to sit and a system of two little sprouts that cross each other, from which young lovers would have to drink.
The tradition consisted in a glass of water, that the boyfriends would have to drink from, and after pass the empty glass to their girlfriends that would smash the glass, as a pact of fidelity and love.
Curiosities on the movie “La Dolce Vita” in the Trevi Fountain in Rome
If you haven’t seen “La Dolce Vita”, you absolutely have to watch it before heading to the Trevi Fountain
This masterpiece by Federico Fellini was filmed in 1960 and it is one of the most famous movies in the history of Cinema.
It entails the Dolce Vita, the Sweet life, a real lifestyle in Rome at the end of the 1950s who’s main character is a young, handsome Marcello Mastroianni. One of the most iconic performances in the film is when the beautiful actress Anita Ekberg in the middle of the night, invites Marcello into the Trevi Fountain, where she dived in fully dressed, in a black cocktail dress and golden hair swaying on her shoulders.
“Marcello, come here. Hurry up!” is how she would invite him in the fountain to take a swim with her, in that movie. A fun fact: this part of the movie was filmed between February and March. Marcello Mastroianni was extremely sensitive to cold, and the water in the Trevi Fountain was freezing. He was resistant to go on with this particular scene, and took some convincing by handing him a wetsuit, to wear under his clothes. But Anita Ekberg, a Swedish actress, who was clearly used to cold temperatures, stood in the freezing cold waters of the Trevi fountain for a really long time, without complaining.
As master Fellini later revealed in an interview for an Italian Newspaper: “When we were filming the scene at night, there were people everywhere, on the balconies, on the roofs surrounding the Trevi Fountain. Half of Rome was there that night, in the freezing cold weather, just for that scene… To convince Marcello to get in the water we had to dress him up as a scuba diver. But after some time in the water, he couldn’t resist any longer. So he powered through, by drinking an entire a bottle of vodka, to keep him warm. Little did we know, during that entire scene in the movie, Marcello Mastroianni was completely drunk!”
Other curiosities about Trevi Fountain: The stories behind the Ace of Cups
Adjacent to the Fountain, you can find a sculpture, that Romans call The Ace of Cups. One of the many fun, interesting and mysterious things involving the sculptures in Rome. But why is it so relevant?
It seems that during the early years of restorations, there was an old barber shop, right next to the Trevi Fountain, on the square. And the barber could not stop complaining about it. Let’s just say that he did not approve of its entire design… So one of the Fountain’s Architects, a certain Mr. Salvi, had a sculpture made and placed it in front of his Barbershop, to obstruct the views of the Trevi Fountain.
The Ace of Cups is an affectionate name coined by the Romans in the neighborhood that knew about the story behind the statue. But it isn’t at all a Cup per se: in fact, that the sculpture is of one of the containers that Barbers used to store their instruments in, at the time.
After the sculpture was erected, peace was restored, and the Trevi Fountain continued to take form into the brilliant, beautiful work of art we all know and love today.
Was it the Architect’s courtesy? Or was it a satire aimed at the poor grouchy barber? Who knows. The matter of fact is that Roman masterpieces are to be found in the most unexpected places and the meaning behind some of them is mind boggling for sure.
There are so many curiosities surrounding the Fountain. Like have you noticed that there aren’t birds anywhere near the pools and waterfalls? Rome is notoriously infested with pigeons and Seagulls. So why is it that we never see one land on top of Neptune? It’s quite simple really: The entire fountain and its figures are electrified! Small shocks, harmless really. Just to scare the birds away, to preserve the Trevi Fountains hygiene and beauty.
As you can see The Trevi Fountain is more than a monumental stop a tourist has to make when in Rome. There are many curiosities and facts behind its entire history, that make for a beautiful guided experience.
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Welcome in Rome! There is really no better way to start a Roman vacation than with this private tour. One of our personal tour driver will welcome you at your hotel or any other place of your convenience in Rome, to whisk you away, on a 7 hour trip through history, art, archeology and the basic Rome way of living that is just a delight and so interesting to experience. This Tour of Rome will start off with a stop in the famous Piazza Venezia a famous circular square constantly beaten by hundreds of cars and vespas and motorini (what we call mopeds and bikes). While horns are blaring in the traffic, passerby's always in a hurry and the famous Italian charm for hand gestures and raised voices the main constant, all you will notice is the monumental structure overlooking the Piazza. A monument dedicated to Italy's last king Victor Emanuel the Second, and resting place of the Unknown soldier. A fallen soldier from WW1 that is laid to rest there to honor and tribute every Italian soldier who's fought and fallen in every war old or recent. You can notice An imposing horseman in a giant bronze statue, overlooking the entire city center, to magnify the importance of the Italian Kingdom in its glory days. And just above is a building, temple-like in structure, with white marble steps and columns, placed on top of one of Rome's legendary hills. Italian flags hanging on it's ends. This monument is really hard to miss. Fun fact: The monument of Victor Emmanuel, officially called Altare della Patria (the Altar of the Nation) is also known simply as the wedding cake. For it's distinctive shape, built in white, marble layers, one floor after the other. Resembling a big white wedding sheet cake. This altar shares its space with Capitoline Hill, Capitol Hill or simply known as Campidoglio. It is one of Rome's 7 hills placed in between Campus Martius and the Roman Forum, and it is head of the Roman Government, With an incredible square commissioned by Pope Paul the third and created by Michelangelo himself in the 16th century. But Capitol Hill does not only hosts Rome's City hall, the Mayor's office and the Capitolini Museums (which offers a vast amount of marble artifacts, artwork and other curiosities from Roman times) but it offers AMAZING VIEWS of the city below, on one end of the hill is Piazza Venezia, Campus Martius and modernization, on the other the Ancient citadel of the Roman Forum. A perfect balance between present and the past. Speaking of Roman Forum, you absolutely go across Via dei Fori Imperiali, an ancient way in Rome that crosses this part of town, with the Forum's archeological site on both sides. Envision Temples, Market places, Marble buildings and life conducted in these squares centuries ago. This is where Roman Senate would reunite, where citizens would gather to worship archaic divinities and conduct their business. To keep the Ancient Roman theme alive, walking straight through the ancient Roman Forum you will arrive at the Colosseum The one and only Colosseum, the Flavian Amphitheater An ancient, imposing structure built to delight and entertain the people of Rome, in the prime of its years. With gory, cruel hunts and gladiator fights but also fun scenes of Naval battles, where they would fill the Arena with water and float around in ships. A colossal building in the heart of Rome, to gather the people, to bring people together. We absolutely recommend a stop here. But Rome is full of wonderful things to see, in a fun, intuitive and entertaining way. With squares, steps and fountains and churches. Take Piazza Navona for example The most extravagant of Rome’s Square, adorned with the fountain of The Four Rivers by Bernini, and the church of his rival, Borromini. Visit Piazza Della Rotonda, where you can see the Pantheon, the best preserved and enchanting monument of ancient times. The Spanish Steps A wonderful square, world famous for the beautiful stair case that comes down from Trinità dei Monti with beautiful views of Via dei Condotti, intersecting with via del Corso. The most "In" streets for shopping, with great boutiques and haute couture. Walking along the narrow streets you can find other curiosities such as the mighty Pantheon on Piazza della Rotonda, the once temple dedicate to All the Gods, the Ancient Roman building is now an active Catholic church. Then, of course there is the Trevi Fountain, a little further down the streets. Make sure to take tons of pictures of this magnificent fountain that attracts so many people from all over the world, in that small square. This private tour is a whirlwind of emotions! You'll be catapulted into the Middle Ages, Ancient Roman Times, then to Renaissance times, and back to Roman times. With a stop to grab a quick bite to eat, if you like. Your tour driver will know the perfect place. In fact, near the end of the tour, you will have to make another mandatory stop at the Aventine Hill, another majestic hill, hosting picture perfect views of the Eternal City. Then head to the Circus Maximus, where chariot races were performed in imperial Rome, as we can see in one of the classic American movies, Ben Hur. At the end of the tour, your tour driver will take you wherever you like to be dropped off at, hotel or other. This itinerary can be tailored and can change, so it's not a strict preview. All this is just to give you a taste of all the wonderful places you could see during your time out on the streets of Rome. *Upon request, the icing on the cake would be to reserve one of our professional guides: if you want to enrich your activity, we highly recommend selecting the service of one of our expertise guides for the day!