Thursday, 29 September 2011


The very first design and construction was commitioned in 1453 by Pope Nicholas V in the intersection of three streets which was also a place were the ancient aqueduct supplying the water to Rome laid but most of it was ruined during the goths invasion.The fountain was supposed to be a commemoration of bringing the fresh water and mending the ducts providing the pure water to city again.

It was designed and accomplished by a great architect Leon Battista Alberti .Then in 1629, with a death of the Pope a new head of a church Pope Urban VII asked Gian Lorenzo Bernini to prepare a re- design of a structure as he found it not sufficently dramatic and grandeur, then the project was abandomned with another popes death.

The present barouque (almost as dramatic as rococo) design though , as we know it today, is a work of Nicola Savi that was chosen within the competition organized in 1730 by Pope Clement XII .

Finally the fountain was completed in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini .The fountain was constructed on the back elevation of the Palazzo Poli.

 The elevation was decorated with a giant order of Corinthian pilasters with nishes in the exedras and a triumphal arc and a statue of Oceanus in a tritons drawn shell chariot that try to tame the waters and see- horses ( hippocamps)

The fountain was a background in a famous Federico Fellini's film , La Dolce Vita and also in Roman
Holiday starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.

Once you are there, do not forget to throw a coin into the water- according to a tradition, throwing one, ensures the visitor's come back to Rome, two will lead to a new romance and three coins guarantee a mariage or a divorce.


  1. La fuente de Trevi, un lugar precioso, lleno de gente, difícil de sacar fotos verdad?

  2. Pretty amazing, once you are made aware of the history.

  3. Looking at the pictures you have posted makes me want to visit the place. These are amazing shots of the place.

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