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Trevi Fountain

July 6, 2011 Carlino's Restaurant no comments

The Trevi Fountain, completed in 1762, is Rome’s largest Baroque fountain and the most famous fountain in the world.
The Fountain gets its name from being located at the junction of three roads (tre vie) and marks the end point of aqueducts which supplied water to ancient Rome.

The fountain’s sculptures represent two main stories. Taming of the Waters depicts water mixing with rock that fills the small square. Tritons guide a shell chariot, taming mythological sea horses. Urns spill water into a cup from which a snake drinks.  Above all this, sculptures illustrate the origin of Rome’s aqueducts.

Legend says that a visitor who throws a coin into the fountain is ensured a return to Rome. Another legend states that luck will follow anyone who throws three coins into the Trevi Fountain with their right hand over their left shoulder. Based on these legends, visitors throw about 3,000 Euros each day into the fountain which is used to fund food for poor citizens of Rome.

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