Trevi Fountain Piazza Poli
The Trevi Fountain Piazza Poli (Fontana di Trevi) is one of the most beautiful fountains in the world. Located in Piazza Poli, the Quirinale district of Rome, located at the junction of three roads. These three roads (tr vie) give the Trevi Fountain its name, the three roads are Via De’ Crocicchi, Via Poli, and Via Delle Muratte.
This fountain is one of the oldest water sources in Rome, dating back to ancient Rome. The construction of the Aqua Virgo Aqueduct began in 19 B.C. This area provided water to the Roman baths and fountains of central Rome. It is said that the Aqua Virgo or Virgin Waters, was named after a young Roman girl who led thirsty soldiers here to drink.
In 1703, Pope Clemens X11 had a contest to design a new fountain. Many famous architects applied but Nicola Silva, a poet and philosphere, finally won over another due to his Roman heritage. In 1743, the first water flowed out of the fountain: however under Pope Clemens X111 the fountain was officially completed and named the Trevi Fountain, eleven years after Silva’s death. The fountain took 32 years to build. Later in 2013, Fendi refurbished the fountain costing $2.2million, taking 20 month to complete.
The Trevi Fountain stands 85′ tall and 65′ wide with 2,284,800 cubic feet of water recycling every day. At Trevi Fountain’s center, there are several figures including Oceanus, two horses, a Triton, Goddess Abundance, and the Goddess of Health The centre piece in the Trevi Fountain is the Greek sea God Oceanus. Unlike Neptune who would have a trifork and a dolphin, Oceanus is accompanied by sea-horses and Tritons who are half men and half mermen. Salvi used the symbolism to visualize an essay on water. The triton on the left who is having trouble with a restless horse represents rough seas. The triton leading a calm horse is the ocean in tranquility. Agrippa to the left is abundance with a toppled vase as the source of water, while Virgo to the right symbolizes health and water as nourishment.”
.Many legends exist but throwing a coin in the fountain is to bring you back to Rome. The Romans threw three coins, the first to bring them home safely, the second for love and the third wedding bells. Today, it is said to sit with your back to the water/fountain and with the coin in your right hand throw it over your left shoulder and you will return to Rome. The coins in the fountain, collected every night, given to Carita’s, a Catholic charity, to provide supplies to needy Roman families. It is illegal to steal coins from the fountain, they have security camera everywhere. Later in 2013, Fendi refurbished the fountain costing $2.2million
The inscription on the attic reads: CLEMENS XII PONT. MAX. AQUAM VIRGINEM COPIA ET SALUBRITATE COMMENDATAM CULTO MAGNIFICO ORNAVIT ANNO DOMINI MDCCXXXV PONT VI. Translation: Clemens XII Pontifex Maximus decorated the Virgin Aqueduct and committed it with abundance and salubrity to the magnificent cult in the Year of the Lord 1735, 6th year of his pontificat..
The Trevi Fountain is a” must see” when in Rome, esp. (my opinion) at night. Very popular in movies, La Dolce Vita, Roman Holiday, the Lizzie McGuire Movies, and Three Coins in the Fountain. In 1996, the fountain turned off, draped in black crepe in honor of recently deceased actor Marcello Mastroianni, who starred in La Dolce Vita. The fountain now replicated, at Epcot in Walt Disney World.
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