Travel Italy by Train: day 11 07 Fontana di Trevi

01.jpgIt was already the moment of sunset and we arrived at the spot for lovers: The Trevi Fountain.

It was impossible?! It was under a maintenance period. Why me ……

Fontana di Trevi is a fountain in Rome designed in Baroque style. Standing 26.3 metres high and 49.15 metres wide. Over 30-year of construction, it was completed in 1762. The water flew clear as in spring with a gorgeous architecture at the back.

Trevi means “junction of three roads”. In 19 BC, a Roman technician located a source of pure water 13 km way from the city. He helpped a virgin with the water through the Acqua Vergine and the water stopped at the fountain.

Although the fountain was surrounded by construction vehicles, a large number of visitors did not give up the opportunity and shot lots of photographs through the gaps.

In the center of the fountain, there was Neptune, the god of sea in Roman religion, who stood on a seashell pulled by the two chariots. The right symbolized docile and the left symbolized uninhibited. Adjacent to the god, there were two goddess who represented abundance and health. Another four different goddess, carrying artifacts, symbolized the four seasons.

Next time if I can visit the fountain again, I must toss a coin for wish. The rule is:

1) Stand in front of the fountain (face backward);
2) Hold a coin in the right hand;
3) Throw the coin, across your heart and over your left shoulder, into the pool;
4) Make a wish of returning to Rome again;
5) If you throw two coins, you will have an aventure;
6) If you throw three coins, your love story will come true.

In the film “Roman Holiday”, the actress “Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston” only carried one coin. Therefore, she could only romance once but did not end with a marriage.

Note: It was told that the fountain daily “earns” almost 3 thousand euros per day; a public organization collects these coins regularly for charity (financially support a supermarket for low-income families).

Official website:
http://www.relaisfontanaditrevi.com

Metro station: Barberini.

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