Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain)

If you are ever visiting Rome, make sure that you visit this place. The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy. Standing 26 meters (85.3 feet) high and 20 meters (65.6 feet) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.

The name Trevi actually comes from the ‘tre vie’ (three streets) that lead to the fountain, and it was also three artists who had a hand in its design (Bernini, Niccolo Salvi and Giuseppe Pannini). The theme of the fountain is said to be the taming of the waters, and alongside the statue of Oceanus, with his seashell chariot and his sea-horses, the goddess of Abundance spills water from her urn. The fountain’s water flows from an ancient Roman aqueduct, the Aqua Virgo, which is depicted in reliefs above the fountain.

The Coin Legend:
You can see thousands of tourists every day turning their back on the fountain’s grandeur and throwing a coin over their shoulder, making a wish and hoping as the legend goes, to one day return to Rome. If you throw two coins in it will lead to a new romance and three will ensure either a marriage or divorce. Locals say it only works if you throw the coins with your right hand over your left shoulder.

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