The Trevi Fountain – La Dolce Vita

After moving into Rome city center, we were finally ready for some kickass-sightseeing and our first stop on our way was the Trevi Fountain.

Rome consists of plenty of fountain, where the biggest and definitely most famous one is the Trevi Fountain, completed in 1762. Contributing to its fame (in addition to its considerable size and its baroque look) is the movie “La Dolce Vita” from 1960 with the iconic scene where Anita Ekberg bathes in the Trevi Fountain. But, should you consider re-creating that scene, don’t… unless you want to be transported away in hand cuffs, since it is strictly forbidden to submerge anything into the fountain other than coins.

Most of you have heard about the legend that throwing a coin into the fountain will ensure your return to the “Eternal City”. But, there is also another legend, which inspired the movie “Three coins in the fountain” and says to toss three coins into the fountain; one to ensure your return, one to ensure a new romance and one to ensure marriage. Well, since I have already fount my true love and have already tried marriage, I just went for the one coin about the return to Rome.

Anyway, approximately EUR 3000 are tossed into the fountain each day and they are donated to charity.

The fountain depicts sea-god Oceanus’ chariot being led by tritons with sea-horses – one wild, one docile – representing the moods of the sea (source: Lonely Planet).

Going to see the Trevi Fountain in the middle of summer is to ask for a crowd, but to our surprise it was not as bad as we had imagined. I mean, there were a lot of people, but not quite as many as feared. But by all means, that did not at all ruin our day.

To sum up: A visit to the Trevi Fountain is absolutely recommendable; it is beautiful, very Insta-friendly and (best of all) free of charge (except of the coin thrown into it, that is…).

 

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