The Trevi Fountain or commonly known as “Fontana di Trevi” in Italian is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy. The design of the fountain was made by an Italian architect Nicola Salvi but it was constructed by Giuseppe Pannini and several other architects. 26.3 meters high & 49.15 meters wide, It is the largest and the magnificent fountain in the city and the most famous fountain in the entire world.
The trip to Italy will always be incomplete without a visit to the Trevi fountain. Though there were approximately 1300 fountains in the 4th century in Rome the Trevi fountain always stood out the most.
The Trevi Fountain is one of the oldest and major water sources in Rome. The fountain beautifully depicts the fine art of ancient Roman times. The Aqua Virgo Aqueduct constructed in 19 B.C. provides water to all the Roman baths and the fountains of central Rome. The fountain uses a lot of water. The fountain is so big that it spills around 2,824,800 cubic feet of water every day. Today the water is recycled and used again and again, unlike in ancient times.
Pope held a contest to design a new fountain in 1730. Many fabulous architects participated but the contest was won by Nicola Salvi. However, some theories say that he was not the first choice for the role. Alessandro Galilei a famous architect won the competition. After designing the fountain Salvi died and 11 years later after his death, the next Pope inaugurated the fountain, but still, today fountain is considered his gift to people of Rome.
The fountain was built at the T point of the roads. These three streets give the Trevi Fountain its name, The Three Street Fountain. The fountain is made from the same material as the Colosseum. The fountain is mostly made of travertine stone, which is a mineral made from calcium carbonate that is obtained from Hot water springs. During the construction of the fountain, many people died and some were crushed by the large block of travertine.
The Trevi fountain is charitable. When the fountain started as a tradition people used to throw coins into it. This is an old Roman tradition that gives you good luck for the future. You can throw as many coins as you want to, the “second coin” is thrown in wish of love and the “third coin” is thrown in wish of wedding bells. Many people don’t know that the coins are collected every night and given to an Italian charity called Caritas. Caritas use the money for a supermarket program giving rechargeable cards to Rome’s needy to help them get groceries.
In 1996 the fountain was turned off to honor actor Marcello Mastroianni because of his death. Mastroianni starred in a movie whose most famous scene was filmed in the Trevi Fountain, making the fountain more famous than ever.
The fountain has been renovated and restored. Restoration work began in June 2014 and was completed in November 2015. The fountain was reopened with an official grand ceremony on the evening of 3 November 2015. In restoration, more than 100 LED lights were installed to improve the night time illumination of the fountain.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.