Trevi Fountain Rome

Visiting the Trevi Fountain in Rome kind of feels like a right of passage when visiting Italy.
I mean everybody’s done it, and because of that, it means you should too, right?

RIGHT.

But the thing you should know when visiting the Trevi Fountain in Rome is that you won’t be alone. Those Instagram pictures you see where beautiful women are perched on the edge without so much as another human in sight?

Yeah… I wish it was like that!

Turns out there will be a good thousand or so people there too.
Especially if you go during the Easter holidays as I did…
#RookieError

But the thing is, is that I can never begrudge a crowd.
Sure, being 5ft4 means that whenever I’m in a crowd I get lost, pushed or trodden on. But that crowd was there to see the exact same thing that I was: The Trevi Fountain.

Every year people travel from all across the globe to see it.

Designed by the Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini, Rome’s Trevi Fountain it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and, undoubtedly, one of the most famous.

Which, despite what my face in this ^ photo suggests, I was happy to see.

You see, as much as I love to get off the beaten track I’m a total sucker for hitting the popular spots. The places that you’d see in movies and think to yourself “I wonder if I’ll get to see that one day” and the fact that I have the ability to make stuff like this happen, still blows my mind.

So when I was stood at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, at the base of a 26.3 metre tall fountain, surrounded by thousands of strangers with selfie sticks in the air all waiting not-so-patiently for their chance to snap a little memento of this, I felt happy… Until the water splashed and left me with a dripping-wet arse.

The Truth Behind The Trevi Fountain Coins

As is true with most historical places, there’s always a myth or a legend attached to popular monuments. With the Trevi Fountain, it’s that you should toss a coin into the fountain with your right hand, over your left shoulder. Supposedly, doing this will ensure that in the future, you will return to Rome.

But if you do this three times, the second coin is believed to ensure a new romance and the third will supposedly ensure marriage.

It’s a pretty popular belief too because every day over €3,000 is tossed into the fountain! It’s such a popular money-maker that the municipality of Rome collects the coins every day to stop them being stolen, and have created a fund to help finance a supermarket for people with lower incomes.

I’m pretty happy with my current romance so I did what I do best – left the hustle and bustle to find gelato #WhenInRome.

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Have you ever been to the Trevi Fountain?
What did you think?