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Trevi Fountain

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Trevi Fountain
  • (worth a trip)
  • less than 1 km
  • Easy
  • Free
  • 1 hour or less
  • 3 3

Rome's most iconic fountain

The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous fountains on the world and an icon of Rome. Its construction began in the year 1732 and was finished until 1762. It was designed by the italian architect, Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bacci. It is built on a Baroque-style


The traditional legend has it that if someone throws a coin into the Trevi Fountain, then he or she is destined to return to Rome. The proper way to throw the coin is: to stand with your back against the fountain, hold the coin in your right hand and toss it over your left shoulder. A shocking estimate of 3,000 euros is thrown into the fountain every day. If you’re wondering where that money goes, then you’ll be happy to know that it is destined to a charity known as Caritas who provides food and social programs for the needy worldwide.


Another less-known legend states that, if a couple drinks water from the fountain of lovers (a smaller fountain located to the left of Trevi Fountain), then the couple will remain forever faithful to their partner.


The oldest legend states that during the 19th century Before Christ, a group of Roman soldiers were guided by a young woman to a source of pure water outside of the city. Upon this discovery, Augustus had an aqueduct built and named it “Virgin Waters” in honour of the woman who had lead them there.


Trevi Fountain has appeared in numerous films, such as La Dolce Vita, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Gidget Goes and more.

Opening hours


How to get there

Metro Station: Barberini