The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi rione in Rome, Italy. Standing 85 feet high and 65 feet wide. it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city.
The fountain, at the junction of three roads (tre vie), marks the terminal point of the "modern" Aqua Vergine which is the revived Aqua Virgo, one of the ancient aqueducts that supplied water to ancient Rome. Completed in 19 BC by Marcus Agrippa, during the reign of the emperor Augustus, its source is 8 miles from the city. According to legend, at that time, thirsty Roman soldiers asked a young girl for water. She directed them to the springs that later supplied the aqueduct. The source was named the Aqua Virgo after her. This scene is presented on the present fountain's façade. It served Rome for more than four hundred years.
A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. A reported current interpretation is that two coins will lead to a new romance and three will ensure either a marriage or divorce. Another reported current version of this legend is that it is lucky to throw three coins with one's right hand over one's left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain. 2 or 3 then?
An estimated 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain each day. The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome's needy. However, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain.
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