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Trevi Fountain, An Elegant Piece of Artwork that Stupefies its Admirers
The fountain is designed in a semi-circular shape and is at a lower level from the surrounding pavement which makes it a natural amphitheater and gives you numerous vantage points to enjoy its beauty. In the center of the fountain within the triumphal arch is Oceanus, the God of water riding a chariot in the shape of a shell and pointing at the source of water in front of him. Pulling the Chariot are the two horses. One defiant while the other calm, both representing the different moods of the sea waves. The horses are led by Tritons. There are two statues on either side of Oceanus, the left is of Goddess of Abundance and the right is of Goddess of good health. The virgin woman directing the soldiers can be also seen on the right side of the fountain while Agrippa planning the construction of aqueduct with his surveyors can be seen on the left.
Throwing coins in the fountain is an age-old tradition. It is believed that if you throw a coin from your right hand over the left shoulder in the fountain with your back facing the fountain you will surely return to Rome. The practice became quite popular after the movie “Three Coins in the Fountain” according to which if a person throws a single coin he will return to Rome; if two coins are thrown, they will romance a Roman and if they choose to throw three coins then will marry the person they meet. Legend has it that in ancient times Romans threw the coins into the fountain for a safe journey on the water.
On the right steps of the fountain is another smaller fountain for newlyweds. There is a popular tradition in Rome according to which newlyweds drink the pure water of the fountain and then smash their glass. Smashing the glass indicates denying anyone else the opportunity to drink the same water, representing fidelity.
How to Get Tickets?
There are no tickets to Trevi Fountain, it is open and free to all. You can visit it whenever you like and be mesmerized by its beauty.
How To Get Around?
Trevi Fountain is a pass-by landmark where you can stand and enjoy a few clicks. It is almost crowded through the day and night as well hence passing the crowds to reach the fountain and be able to throw a coin is a task in itself.
What Should I Wear?
Dress-code in Rome is limited to the churches and few restaurants while everywhere else you can wear whatever you like. It is quite hot during the day so dress in comfortable clothes. There is no obligation to what you should wear but shorts too high should be avoided on streets too. Also, wear a lot of sunscreens. Comfortable footwear would be a smart move as you will have to walk a lot in the narrow lanes of Rome.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit the fountain at any time but if you do not wish to get crammed into the crowd then arrive early in the morning or late in the evening. Avoid visiting during the peak hours as there are too many tourists and afternoon when the sun is overhead completely blinding your view. During early morning hours, you will be able to capture some nice clicks while at night in the moonlight the fountain is a spectacle when the fountain lights make it much more dramatic.
Will I Need a Guide?
The fountain is located in the heart of Rome and is a popular destination, but a guided tour will give you a local insight. There are numerous guided tours of Rome which include a visit to Trevi Fountain.
How To Get There?
The fountain is located in the Trevi district at the juncture of three streets: Via Poli, Via de Crocicchis and Via Delle Muratte. Though located in the heart of the city no bus reaches the place due to the narrow width of the lanes. The nearest bus stop is 100 yards away at Via del Tritone and the nearest metro stations are Spagana and Barberini. You can board either the bus or train at Termini, Rome's main railway station. Trevi fountain is only a 20-minute walk away from the Termini Station. If you love walking and exploring, then ditch the transport and enjoy a walk through the narrow lanes of Rome from Termini to the fountain.
The place is usually crowded hence beware of pickpockets and scammers here. Be careful with those who give you a bracelet, putting it on your wrist saying it is a gift and they insist it's free but they then ask you for money. If someone offers you something strange like this, just say no without hesitation.