Trevi Fountain (Rome, Italy)

The Trevi Fountain Square in Rome reminded me of the college common rooms; young people generally roaming around, friends talking, gossiping and munching food. The only difference was, the crowd around the fountain was of all ages, youngsters, middle-aged people and senior citizens. The fountain square has a generally a very happy-go-lucky kind of an environment all around.
During late 300 BC Rome was mainly an agricultural state ruled by a monarchy. Gradually it started controlling the entire peninsula and established colonies. The wealth generated from these colonies were used for general public and for making roads. Huge aqueducts, i.e. long channels used for carrying water across the country, were built to give water to the entire city.
The only one aqueduct that has remained in use almost uninterruptedly since the time of its construction to the present day is the one in Trevi Fountain. This is the aqueduct that supplies water to the other monumental fountains of this historic center. Agrippa, the person who approved the plan of the aqueduct, built this ancient aqueduct. ‘Acqua Vergine’, as the water is called, is named after a young girl or Virgo, who had discovered the source of the water.
Located in the Trevi Square, the name is derived from the word “Trivium” meaning a meeting point of three streets that form a little widened area. Built by Nicola Salvi during 1732 and 1751, ‘Trevi’ is a large fountain in a very small square but undoubtedly a masterpiece of both sculpture and architecture.
It may or may not be the most beautiful fountain in Rome, but the concept, composition and the sober beauty of the sculptured marble figures makes it the most famous fountain in Rome.


‘Fontana de Trevi’ portrays the statues of Abundance and Salubrity bordered by the majestic and huge figure of Neptune, the god of oceans, standing on a seashell pulled by two horses and two Tritons.  The main structure of The Arc of Triumph comprises of four corinthium columns. Placed on top of it is an attic, which has the statues and the series of small pillars.


A large niche at the center of the Arch, gives balance and symmetry to the structure. The area around the fountain is so nice and cheerful that it is easy to spend lot of time here. Earlier, tourists could splash into the fountain for a short swim, but from the late 1980s, the tourism authorities have stopped this practice and visitors are expected to show full respect to the entire structure.
It was pretty late at night and taking cabs in the city of Rome at late night is not a safe practice. Even then we stayed on for a while and then decided on some gelato.

In the evening the entire fountain is lit up and it is a wonderful sight. It was now time for the myth; according to legend, a coin tossed over ones shoulder with his or her back to the fountain, into the basin of Trevi Fountain, would ensure a return to Rome and a second one would grant any wish.
We tossed two coins into the basin and wished the same for both the coins, our quick return to Rome and left for our hotel after a long day of sightseeing in the eternal city.