A Short Guide to the Trevi Fountain

There are many beautiful fountains all around the world. Many of these fountains have a rich history and are renowned for their outstanding architecture and design. Chief among these many wonderful fountains is the Trevi Fountain. This world famous fountain can be found in the city of Rome in the country of Italy. The Trevi Fountain is the city of Rome’s largest fountain. The fountain stands over 80 feet tall and 65 feet wide. The fountain gets its name from the district in which it is located.

This fountain got its start in 19 BC and was originally designed by the Romans in order to provide the city with fresh water. This particular fountain helped fill the Baths of Agrippa in the city. The citizens of Rome used this fountain for nearly four hundred years. The reason the ancient Romans built fountains was to decorate the end of an aqueduct that supplied water to the city. It was a custom in those days in the Roman culture. This original fountain was created by Leon Battista Alberti.

The Trevi Fountain did not yet have its famous dramatic flair until 1629. Pope Urban VIII found the original design of the fountain lacked creativity and declared to not be dramatic enough. The Pope then commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to draw up some new designs for the fountain to give it more life. While some touches of the designs created by Bernini are evident in the famous fountain today, the Pope did not actually go with those designs, opting to go with Nicola Salvi’s designs instead. The work on the fountain commenced in 1732, and the project was not completed until 1762.

Unfortunately, Salvi did not get to see the completed fountain, as he died in 1751. The project was only half way done when the brilliant artist and designer passed away. Giuseppe Pannini was the artist who took over the project and made sure it was completed in 1762. The fountain underwent some restoration work in the late 1990s in which the fountain was thoroughly and carefully cleaned. The Trevi Fountain was also fitted with new recirculating pumps as well.

One of the colorful traditions in Rome is to throw coins into the fountain. There is an old Roman legend that if a person visits the fountain and throws a coin into the fountain, they are destined to one-day make a return visit to Rome.

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