Vintage Italian Postcards

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Trevi fountain

The Trevi fountain, situated in the Piazza di Trevi in the north-east of Rome’s central zone, was something of a political statement when it was commissioned by the popes of the Renaissance period. They were in the process of repairing the city’s failing water supply at the time and wanted the intricate marble fountain to be a symbol of their success. Today it’s simply a symbol of Rome (especially so after being made internationally famous by Anita Ekberg and hr role in the film LA DOLCE VITA) and is subsequently mobbed by penny tossing tourists the whole year round. That said, if you are in the city for the first time, then it really is a must-see sight. You hear the bubbling and gurgling waters long before you view them, but when you finally catch sight of the fizzing, sparkling water, it really is something of a breath-taker.
Completed in 1762 by Nicolò Salvi for Pope Clement XII, the waters, when drunk, were meant to bring good luck. Medieval pilgrims started to toss coins into the fountain on the last day of their visit to Rom, in the hope that the luck of the fountain would someday bring them back!

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