Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi fountain, which is known as the “Fontana di Trevi” in Italian, is a popular fountain in Rome. The fountain was constructed between the early and late eighteenth century. It was designed in a baroque architectural style by Nicola Salvi who was an Italian architect, and the construction was completed by Pietro Bracci. The various architects that have worked on the Trevi Fountain include Nicola Salvi, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Giuseppe Pannini, and Pope Clement XII.

The fountain is exactly 161.3 feet wide and it stands 86 feet high. The Trevi is one of the most popular fountains in the world and it is the largest baroque fountain in the entire Rome. The Trevi Fountain has appeared in many popular movies which include the La Dolce Vita of Federico Fellini and a host of others. The fountain spills 2,824,800 cubic feet of water daily.

The Trevi fountain is designed based on three major architectural elements; a sea reef made of travertine, a statue of Carrara and a facade that is also made of travertine.

A statue of Ocean was carved by Pietro Bracci in the middle of the fountain. The statue is 16.4 feet tall with a very masculine body and long beards. The gorgeous statue holds a commanding wand with his right hand and a cloth with his left hand. The cloth held around his pelvis was obviously used to clad his nudity. The magnificent statue of the ocean is fiercely majestic.

You can see the gorgeous statues of the tritons carried by two horses on the triumphal chariots. One of the horses is calm, while the second is restless. One of the tritons is young and strong, while the other one is older and holds a twisted item.

The statue of abundance stands in the arch’s left and it holds a horn of plenty. There is a relief above her that shows Agrippa as he commands his armies. The statue of health stands on the right side of the arch with a cup that a snake drinks from and it is crowned by a wreath of laurel. A virgin lady stands above her showing the source of water to the soldiers.

The four allegorical statues that can be seen in the attic were carved to represent the great impact of rain on the fertility of the soil. The statue that holds ears of wheat represents crops fertility; the one that holds the horn of plenty signifies an abundance of fruits; and the statue that holds a bunch of grapes and a cup signifies the autumn products.

Trevi Fountain is a very lovely place to visit and appreciate. The experience is unforgettable. Bring along a few coins to toss in the fountain. Tossing a coin in the fountain is a tradition that is believed to guarantee that you come back to visit Rome — a tradition that started with the ancient Roman soldiers.

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