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photoblog image La fontaine de Trevi

La fontaine de Trevi

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.

 

ROME 2010

La fontaine de Trevi

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.

 

ROME 2010

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Sep 2010, 00:18
Eerrrr...where is the lap-lane, then?
SAVO: Lol. U nutter smile
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Sep 2010, 05:34
LOL at Ray! This may be the first time I've seen this landmark in sepia like this, SAVO. It sure makes it stand out from other images. I would love to be one who helps collect the money every day/week. That would be so much fun...and counting it, too. smile
SAVO: Haha, would love to be your assistant counting that grin
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Sep 2010, 05:59
I am here in awe, this is amazing, I have never been to Rome or Italy.
What you show here is catalogue worthy, fabulous picture and a likey to me.
SAVO: Thank you for the high praise and the Likey is a bonus and honour! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Sep 2010, 07:41
I think of Fellini when I see this incredibly impressive icon SAVO
SAVO: He was a genius. Thank you Chris
Three coins in a fountain a classic 50's film!
SAVO: I haven't watched it myself. I hear its a good one
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 3 Sep 2010, 08:27
My wife tells me l have to throw two coins into the fountain, guess my euro's will join them soon
SAVO: Haha, I did a couple as well, but I do hope to return one day so (shrugs shoulders) smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Sep 2010, 08:38
I never realised that so mucj money was thrown into the fountain. This looks incedible against the background.
SAVO: Its a fortune. I was in awe of it myself
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 3 Sep 2010, 09:37
It wasn't as beautiful as this when I visited it SAVO smile!
SAVO: You are too kind Scarlet smile
When I was ther I failed to throw a coin in and have not been back.
SAVO: Well see what you caused yourself Chad smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Sep 2010, 10:58
Well, 3000 euro is not nothing. You buy a decent camera with it grin

The Trevi is always quite a sight.
SAVO: Lol! I have to agree with you about the camera there. It is an impressive structure
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 3 Sep 2010, 11:44
Great photo The noise of the water is very large
SAVO: I can still here it looking at my photo
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 3 Sep 2010, 13:03
What a magical rendition of this fountain. And - so good to hear that the euros are being put to good use feeding the hungry.
SAVO: It seems a good thing to do Marcie, I agree. Cheers
Great shot of a fabulous piece of art and sculpture Savo.
SAVO: Thank you kindly Brian
One day I will enjoy this in the flesh, but until then I will most certainly enjoy this beautiful image. What a feast for the eyes. (:o)
SAVO: Cheers Rosalyn, you should definitely arrange to go and see it smile
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 3 Sep 2010, 18:00
having seen this in person, i'd say i'd prefer your version grin

in your version, i don't have to elbow out other tourists for a good look, or a better angled shot.
SAVO: This was probably my 100th shot to get one without flailing arms etc smile. thanks for the compliment grin
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 3 Sep 2010, 22:36
Fantastic shot of the fountain, WOW 3K euros a day thrown in there, and great use it is put to
SAVO: Its a lot of money isn't it, but there are usually hundreds of people there on a daily basis so I am not surprised
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 3 Sep 2010, 22:53
I've never seen this for myself, it's amazing isn't it.
SAVO: I agree. A sight to behold!
You've captured this well, no tourists!
Wow!!!! Wonderful, like in this famous film. A+ VAL smile
Very Nice

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