"that's the Trevi fountain"
Crowds in front of the Trevi Fountain in Rome - Credit: Bodow
The Trevi Fountain
is one of Rome
’s most famous landmarks and one of the most famous fountains in the world. It was built to mark the end of the Acqua Vergine
, an aqueduct which carried fresh water from the surrounding hills into the city, and takes its name from the three roads (tre vie) which intersected at the spot on which is was constructed. The fountain as it is today was designed by the Baroque architect Nicola Salvi
and completed in 1762 – it is a colossal structure 26 metres tall and 20 metres wide. The central figure is Oceanus
, a divine being who personified the World Ocean, a river circling the world.
There is a tradition which says that if a visitor throws a coin into the Trevi Fountain they are destined to return to Rome – an estimated 3,000 euro coins are thrown into the water each day.