Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fontana di Trevi

Fontana di Trevi is one of the most famous attractions in Rome and probably the most recognized and beautiful fountain in the Italian capital. The coin-filled fountain is a fairly recent creation. 
Nicola Salvi's theatrical design for Rome's largest and most famous fountain was completed in 1762. The central figures are Neptune, flanked by two Tritons. One struggles to master a very unruly "seahorse". the other leads a far more docile animal. These symbolise the two contrasting moods of the sea. 

The site originally marked the terminal of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct built in 19 BC. One of the first storey reliefs shows a young girl (the legendary virgin after whom the aqueduct was named) pointing to the spring from which the water flows. It brings water all the way from the Salone Springs, which is situated over 20 kilometres away. 
The water at the bottom of the fountain represents the sea. Legend has it you will return to Rome if you throw a coin into the water. In order for it to work you should toss it over your shoulder with your back to the fountain. An estimated 3000 euros in coins are thrown into the fountain every day. 

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