If you are looking at free things to do in Rome, then stick this on your bucket list. And, it just so happens to be one of my favourite places in the city!
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Back in 2012, I visited the Trevi Fountain just minutes before sunset, and I have to say that this would definitely be the best, and busiest, time to go! The stonework tends to take on a softer, warmer look when the sun is setting, and seeing it lit-up so perfectly made me realise that it had been worth the effort of the long walk to get there. Unfortunately, a third of it was covered in scaffolding. Boo! But you may as well get used to this. Scaffolding seemed to be everywhere in Europe. Everywhere! It’s to be expected, as some of Rome’s ancient buildings were built over 2000 years ago, meaning they will need some repairs or a little refurbishment once in a while. This certainly shattered my wishful thinking that everything will look like it does in the brochures. Furthermore, the Trevi Fountain will be busy! I mean, really, really busy! There’s a reason for that though. It’s stunning, and it’s free.
There are some steps at the front to help you view the fountain from a better angle, but it will take a while to get a good viewing point. Patience is a virtue though, as the tourists will eventually move out of the way, allowing you to move forward for your chance at an ideal view. Many years ago, around 4 BC, it is said that the city had more than 4000 fountains scattered throughout, but none of them will hold a candle to the Trevi Fountain, which is said to be the most beautiful fountain in the whole world. Yep, I think I’d have to agree with that!
It was completed in 1762 by Nicola Salvi, and it is made from the same travertine stone as the Colosseum. And at nearly 26 meters high and 50 meters wide, it is also the largest. In the centre stands a massive statue of Oceanus, where it appears as though he is rising up out of the sea in anger, and the rest of the poor sculptures look terrified and are trying to get away from him.
Don’t forget to throw a coin in the fountain before you leave. The myth goes that you must toss the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder in order to return to Rome in the future.
Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Rome | www.rome.net/trevi-fountain
Thank you for reading my post on the Trevi Fountain in Rome. I really loved this beautiful fountain. I’d heard about how stunning it is from friends who have visited here, but there’s nothing like standing in front of it and seeing it for the first time. Despite the crowds, you will eventually get into a good position to take lots of photographs, as there’s only so long you can look at a fountain for, right?
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