The Trevi Fountain, known in Italian as the Fontana di Trevi, is one of Rome’s most popular landmarks – and the most crowded by extension. The Trevi Fountain actually is not the first fountain to grace this location – another one was destroyed in the 17th century, making way for a really intense design competition that resulted in today’s modern wonder. It’s also a famous movie site, and it can be seen in films, from classics like La Dolce Vita to modern favoriteslike When in Rome starring Kristen Bell. The fountain was completed by Giuseppe Pannini in 1762, and it is considered to be a part of the Baroque art movement.
It’s worth noting that the fountain’s origin is listed as the completion date, since it took about 30 years to build. Pannini isn’t even the one who started the project – that would be Nicola Salvi, but he died in 1751, leaving Pannini to see the project to completion.
There are three main statues, and they’ll all considered to be works of art. The center one is a statue by Metro Bracci called Oceanus, representing the Roman sea god Neptune, who can be seen standing on a chariot that is pulled by sea horses – not a bad way to travel! The sea horses also are led by tritons, which are basically a Roman version of a mermaid.
There are also statues of abundance of health. The one representing abundance holds a horn that’s filled with fruits and other produce, which is used to represent the idea of plenty. The statue of health wears a laurel wreath, which is considered to be a plant belonging to Apollo. This is where we get a little deeper into Roman mythology – Apollo is considered to be the father of Aesculapius, who is thought to be the god of medicine. Basically, in this case laurel wreath = health. The health statue is also seen letting a snake drink water from her cup.
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Some of my favorite spots in Rome.
1. The Colosseum - the most emblematic monument in Rome. There are plenty of good options for photographing this masterpiece, I like the view from Colle Oppio park.
2. St. Peter’s Basilica, it’s gorgeous inside and out!
3. Roman forum this area will give you the chance to photograph the ruins of ancient markets, administrative and religious buildings.
4. Spanish steps with a nice plaza and a fountain in front of it.
5. Navona square, I just love everything about it and it’s one of the most beautiful and famous square of Rome with 3 amazing fountains: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Fontana del Nettuno and Fontana del Moro.
6. St. Angelo bridge, a beautiful bridge with many statues and a scenic, panoramic view of the Castel and the surroundings area.
7. Altar of the Fatherland, the largest and my favorite monument in Rome.
8. Trevi Fountain an ideal spot with numerous statues representing an allegory of the sea, with Neptune on his chariot in the center. Be sure to throw a coin in over your shoulder and make a wish while you’re there!
9. Villa Borghese Gardens , an amazing park open daily with a lot of photographic locations, unusual, beautiful sculptures, a fountain at the very villa and the temple of Asclepius, Greek and Roman god of healing, in the middle of the lake.
Which is your favorite location? Let me know in comments. ❤️