01 September 2011

Fontana di Trevi

The Trevi Fountain, an example of Baroque architecture, is one of the ancient aqueducts of Rome.  It marks the terminal point of the Aqua Virgo and is at the juncture of three roads (tre vie). This fountain served Rome for more than 400 years.
Originally a more simpler basin, the Trevi Fountain was completely finished (complete with statues of "Trivia," the Roman virgin) in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini.  The theme of this fountain is Taming of the waters in which you can see tritons guiding Neptune's chariot, taming seahorses.  

The fountain stands at 85 feet high and 65 feet wide and is the largest of the fountains in Rome.  Legend does have it that if you throw a coin over your shoulder in to the fountain, you are guaranteed a trip back.  No, I did not throw a coin over my shoulder.  There were way too many people!  It was seriously quite crowded.  I was so happy these photos turned out so well, I remember it being darker than it looks in the photos.

Works Cited
Rome Sights 2011: a travel guide to the top 50 attractions in Rome, Italy. Includes three walking tours. Amazon Kindle: MobileReference, 2011.


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