Exploring Rome: The Trevi Fountain

The beautiful city of Rome is full of history and places of interest. Whether you have all the time in the world or if you are restricted to what sites you can take in, the Trevi Fountain is something that is a must-see. Here, you can find out more about the Trevi Fountain and some tips for visiting this famous attraction.

Location, Location, Location

From the extensive range of photographs of the Trevi Fountain, many may think that it sits in a wide-open area. Following the signs, you may feel that you are heading in the wrong direction when buildings loom at either side of you on narrow streets, but as you walk along the cobbled paths, there suddenly comes a tell-tale sign that you are getting closer. The sound of flowing water becomes louder until the famous fountain appears seemingly out of nowhere. Located in the heart of the Trevi district, it is a sight to behold.

Go Big or Go Home

The fountain stands at over 29 meters high and almost 50 meters wide and is said to be the largest in the city.  During the summer months, the Trevi Fountain and the streets surrounding it can become saturated with tourists and you may prefer to visit early in the morning or as evening approaches to get the perfect, uncrowded photograph in front of this world-famous location. In the evening the fountain is lit, creating an ethereal look about it, and can look pretty in pictures.

The Trevi Area

The rabbit warren of streets that lead to the Trevi Fountain holds a host of fascinating trinket shops, pizzerias, gelato establishments, and restaurants.  Here you can browse at your leisure and indulgence in a slice of pizza that is cut to size or sip a glass of red vino, and people watch.  When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Ensure Your Return

Before leaving this stunning location, be sure to throw a coin in the fountain with your right hand over your left shoulder; it has been said that this will ensure your return to this magnificent city.  You may also notice the vast array of coins at the bottom of the fountain, but do not be tempted to dive in to retrieve them. It is illegal to take the coins from the fountain unless authorized to do so and may bring holiday memories you are eager to forget.

Many people have seen pictures of the famous Trevi Fountain and dream of visiting one day, so when in Rome, make sure that this is the top of your to-do list. It is a visit that you will always remember, and, hopefully, if you’ve thrown those coins in the fountain, you will be back before too long.