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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 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.
It is the best way to see all of Rome in the shortest amount of time. This tour was wonderfully planned out. We only had two days in Italy and this made me feel like I got the most out of my time! I was worried when I booked the trip I wouldn't have enough time to see Rome but I saw almost everything I needed to see, and it never felt rushed. The tour guide was amazing. He was easy to understand and the ear pieces helped out. He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all questions, it was great that he was local to the area. I have no complaints at all, completely worth the price. This tour easily gets five stars and my highest praises. I will definitely suggest to others.
It was a very efficient way to see as much as possible without much planning. Since the tour packed so many sights we could use the other days to focus on shopping and travel.
The tour guide was knowledgeable and made the Segway tour fun!! There was enough training on the Segway before we left; anyone can do it. Make sure you bring money for the night tour so you can stop on the half hour break and grab wine or beer, or chocolate at Lindt! The tour might be better if you have a group of people that speak the same language. I was the only one that spoke English so it was difficult for the guide to jump between languages. Luckily for me, I knew enough French to understand. Really wonderful tour though.
Fantastic tour with really knowledgeable local guide. We saw many things we would have missed if we had been on our own. Our party ranged in age from 10 to 70 and we all enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend.