Places Around Trevi Fountain
The Trevi fountain, or Fontana di Trevi, is placed at the end of the Aqua Virgo which is one of the ancient aqueducts that supplied ancient Rome with water since 19 BC. Till nowadays it brings water from the Salone Springs (about 20km away from Rome) and supplies fountains in the centre of the city with water.
In the centre of the fountain one can see a figure of Neptune, ancient god of the sea. He is riding a chariot in the shape of a shell, which is pulled by two sea horses. Both sea horses are guided by a Tritone. It is interesting that these horses are completely different; one is quite and calm while the other one is rebellious – it was done this way to reflect different moods of the sea. In the centre there is a triumphal arch, the centre niche has free-standing columns – Oceanus, Abundance spilling water from her urn and Salubrity holding a cup from which a snake drinks. The figures of the fountain organize symmetrical balance with maximum contrast in their mood.
The square where the fountain is situated is always full of people, sitting around and enjoying a breathtaking view of biggest baroque fountain in Rome, and one of the biggest in Europe. There is a believe that you should through a coin over your left shoulder to the fountain if you want to return to Rome. Recently, it is also believed that if you through two coins at once, you’ll be sure to meet your love, and three coins with your right hand over the left shoulder ensures a soon marriage. Every day about 3000 euro are thrown in the fountain – these money are for charity.