The New and Improved Trevi Fountain – Finished at Last.
If you have travelled to Rome in the past 18 months and was longing to see the magnificent Trevi Fountain, you would have been sorely disappointed. For 18 long months this iconic monument has been covered in scaffolding and workmen to restore it to its former glory and stop sections of the fountain from falling into the water below.
Before the restoration work, the sounds you would have heard when approaching this tiny piazza were the cascading waters of the fountain, which could be heard from streets away. Unfortunately the only things to be heard lately were workmen and machinery.
Not such a magnificent view.
The Italian fashion house Fendi came to the rescue when it was reported that the fountain was in dire need of restoration and pledged 2000 euros for the important work to be completed.
Those planning a visit to iconic Rome can now sigh with relief that the magnificent monument again is the full of water.
Things you might not know about the Trevi Fountain.
The Fontana di Trevi derives its name from the position of the fountain, as it stands on the junction of three roads. Tre in Italian is three, and Via is road = shorten that to Trevi.
Rome is filled with lovely fountains but the Trevi is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.
It has been the star of many films, its most famous being La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini with the Swedish/Italian actress Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni.
It stands over 26 metres high and 50 metres wide.
Legend has it that in 19BC the Acqua Vergine, one of the acquaducts of Rome had its origin 13 kms out of the city when a virgin/nymph (or Roman girl) revealed the source of the water to Agrippa’s soldiers. The acquaduct served to transport water to Rome for hundreds of years.
In 1629 Pope Urban the VIII commanded Gian Lorenzo Bernini to design the renovations for the terminus of the acquaduct but before construction began, the pope died and all work was stopped. It wasn’t until Pope Clement XII organised a contest where Nicola Salvi was given the commission to design and complete the work….unfortunately he died before this was finished.
The fountain was finished by Pannini in 1762.
The majority of the fountain is made of travertine stone, mined close to Rome.
Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain using your right hand over the left shoulder, you will be sure to return to Rome.
The major figures on the fountain depict Neptune, the god of the sea, with the Tritons who have two horses each. One Triton is trying to control the unruly horses (depicting the wild and unpredictable nature of the sea) while the other horses are calm and serene (depicting the calm nature of the sea).
The upper section of the fountain depict the scene where the nymph is showing the soldiers where the source of the water is situated.
You can drink from most fountains (or the taps situated near the fountain) in Rome. The water is fresh and comes straight from the acquaducts BUT don’t drink the water at the Trevi Fountain. This water is now recycled and has many additives to keep it looking fresh and blue and will be filled with bird droppings and other things we won’t mention, though it doesn’t distract from the magnificent beauty of this most iconic Roman monument.
The best time to visit is when the tourists are tucked in bed, so very early in the morning, or very late at night – this is when the magic of the fountain comes alive.