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The Trevi Fountain is a tourist hotspot in Rome. Definitely one to check off any sightseeing list. Just make sure you toss a coin in the fountain before you leave! Here's why, plus some other facts about this world-famous fountain.
The old tradition goes that tossing a coin over your shoulder into the fountain will ensure a safe return to Rome. Two coins will bring you love. And three... wedding bells!
The fountain is now swept every day, and on average €3000 is collected! The proceeds go to a Catholic charity called Caritas.
This is no myth. Not only is it thought of as bad luck, it's illegal! Don't risk the wrath of the gods, or the nearby security guards!
Built in ancient Rome, the fountain connected three paths of the Aqueduct carrying water around the city. This is how the fountain got its name: three streets - 'tre vie.'
The fountain is 85 feet tall and almost 65 feet wide! Massive amounts of water spill over the sides every day! Sensibly, the water is now recycled back into the fountain.
Of course you can visit this famous site at any time of the year, however, a warm summer evening is an ideal time. Note that the Fountain is currently undergoing restoration and is partly obscured by scaffolding. Be prepared to see it in its fully restored glory at the end of 2016.
There are a great many tours of Rome - walking and otherwise - which include the Trevi Fountain as part of their city-wide sojourn. It's well worth it to become more familiar with the city and its deep history.
- When to visitCome take a gander any time of day or night.
- What is the price?Free!
- Will I need a guide?It's not necessary, but recommended for those who delight in historical facts and stories.
- How to get there*On your feet! This is a primary attraction in the city center, close to most hotels and other attractions. *
- Additional tipsPolice guard the Fountain 24 hours a day. If you get tempted to do a Dolce Vita-move, resist, or you'll get fined.
What People Are Saying About Trevi Fountain
Roberto was a great guide and the trip was fun and covered a lot of ground but didn't seem rushed. It was the best pace to see Rome without getting too tired from walking. I highly recommend this trip for people travelling to Rome who wish to see a number of things in a short space of time.
This was the perfect start to our stay in Rome. Cannot recommend this highly enough, lots and lots of fun as well as very insightful.
I would improve the waiting time on stops - besides it depends on number of people and travel trafic of course. Cheers, G
We had a great time with Segway of Rome! Our guide, Alessandro, was kind, fun, and knowledgable. He was very safety oriented and took time to make my mom, who had never used a Segway, comfortable before leaving. He shared lots of history and we hit all the "typical" Roman sights, and then some we didn't even know about. This is a great way to see everything in Rome in a short period of time. We only have two days in this city but we didn't miss a beat because of the Segway tour!
Roberto was a great guide but the coach didn't stop for photos of anything other than the trevi fountain and Roman forum. Would've been nice to be able to get good photos of the other things we passed too- I would extend the tour an extra hour and give time to stop in even if just at roadsides.