Finding mention among the most celebrated Baroque fountains across the world, Trevi Fountain is located in Trevi district in Rome. This architectural masterpiece is not only visually stunning but also has countless interesting tales associated with it.
Read below to unearth some interesting facts about the Trevi Fountain:
1. Largest Baroque fountain in Rome
Known to be the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, the towering Trevi Fountain boasts of a height of 85 feet and is 160 feet wide. The sea god Oceanus stands tall on a sea horse chariot led by the Tritons. The fountain plums and spills approximately 2,824,800 cubic feet of water each day which is also recycled. Owing to its brilliant architecture and historical significance, Trevi fountain is considered as one of the most famous fountains in the entire world.
2. Legend of Aqua Virgo and its holy waters
Aqua Virgo dates back to 19th Century BC and its pure water was used by Roman baths and several other fountains in Rome. According to popular belief, a young girl showed some thirsty soldiers to a pure spring which was 8 miles from Rome. Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct, was made to honour this legend. This site is also known as one of the oldest water sources in Rome.
3. The contest to rebuild the Trevi Fountain
In 1730, a contest was organised by Pope Clemens XII to decide who would be building the new Trevi Fountain in place of the old one. Galilei, who belonged to the same family tree as the famous astronomer Galileo, won the contest among many other famous architects. But ultimately, due to the public outcry, Nicola Salvi, who was a native Roman, was commissioned to build the fountain.
4. It took 30 years to construct Trevi Fountain
Nicola Salvi started the construction of Trevi fountain in 1732 but could not complete his masterpiece until his demise in 1751. Thus, Giuseppe Pannini was given the responsibility to finish Salvi’s incomplete project. The fountain was finally finished in 1762 and was inaugurated by Pope Clement XIII.
5. The Three street fountain
The name of the fountain ‘Trevi’ is borrowed from the word ‘trevi’ which means “three ways” as it sits at the junction adjoining three ancient roads on Piazza dei Cruciferi. Besides, the name of Goddess Trivia is also said to have been the inspiration behind the fountain’s name being Trevi.
6. Trevi Fountain is made up of the same stone as the Colosseum
You would be surprised to know that the Trevi Fountain is made up of the same stone which has been used in the making of the Colosseum, the most iconic structure in Rome. Travertine is a type of limestone formed in mineral springs, mainly in hot springs. Travertine came from its latin equivalent ‘tiburtinus’ which means ;from the tiber’ in Latin. The stone was sourced from Tivoli which is located 22 miles away from Rome.
7. The fountain receives €3000 every single day!
No, we aren’t kidding you! Due to the tradition of throwing coins over one’s shoulder, Trevi fountain receives approximately €3000 each day. Scores of tourists visit the fountain every day and throw coins in the fountain believing that their wishes will be granted by the gods of water. Every night the coins are collected from the fountain and given to a charitable organisation, Caritas.
8. Trevi Fountain and the significance of coins
If you happen to visit the Trevi Fountain, use your right hand and throw a coin in the fountain over your left shoulder. The legend has it if you throw a coin in the fountain it makes sure that you return to Rome. If you throw two coins, it ensures that you find love and three coins are for holy matrimony.
9. A revenge story behind the “Ace of cups”
It is said that there was a barber at the junction who used to complain about the noise and detritus from the construction of the fountain. The barber made sure to let Salvi know it time and again. Out of spite, Salvi made a sculpture “Ace of cups” right by the foundation, blocking the barber’s view of this marvelous fountain.
10. Keep an eye out for Trevi Fountain in movies
You ought to know that the Trevi Fountain has been featured in multiple movies. The most iconic movie showcasing Trevi fountain is undoubtedly ‘La Dolce Vita’ starring Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni. Other movies, namely Three Coins in the Fountain’, ‘Roman Holiday’, ‘Sabrina goes to Rome’ and ‘The Lizzie McGuire Movie’ also show the glimpse of this amazing fountain. The Marble Faun written by Nathaniel Hawthorne also talks about the Trevi Fountain.
11. When the Trevi Fountain turned black.
In 1996, the famous actor Marcello Masteoianni featuring in ‘La Dolce Vita’, passed away. To honour his memory, the fountain was closed and draped in black crepe.
12. The restoration costed 2.2 million euro
Trevi fountain was first restored once in 1998 and then again in June 2014. The restoration project that cost whooping 2.2 million euro was sponsored by the luxury fashion house Fendi. More than 100 LED lights were installed for the better illumination during night time. The restoration that ended in November 2015 enhanced the aesthetic appeal of the monument even more.