The Trevi fountain is something special. If you look at any list of the top-10 things you need to do in Rome, the Trevi fountain is always in there. Why? Well, because it is a marvel of 18th century art.
|How much time should I spend here?||15-30 minutes|
|How much does it cost?||A coin to throw in the fountain.|
|How far from the city center?||5 minutes|
|What modes of transport are available?||Walking, bus|
|What is the nearest subway stop?||Repubblica|
|Where can I find it?||Google Maps link|
|Is there an official website?||Click here|
|What can you combine it with?||The Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia.|
When you look at the pictures of the Trevi fountain, you can get a feeling of ‘is this it?’ and I don’t blame you. Pictures don’t really do it justice as it makes the fountain look smaller than it actually is. The fountain is the width of a building and as big as a swimming pool. That might give you a bit more of a sense of scale for the thing.
The statues and fountain were originally part of a competition hosted by pope Clement XII in 1730. Originally the project was awarded to a florentine architect, but the Romans would have none of that, so the project went to Roman Nicola Salvi. He did not live long enough to finish the project, however, so several other sculptors were hired to finish the job. What you see today was finished in the early 1760’s.
As you’ll notice there are a lot of people throwing coins into the fountain. As you can imagine with this big a crowd around the fountain, all those coins add up to real money. Around 1,5 million euro’s a year. These coins are cleared out and given to charity. The city of Rome tried to change this several times so they could keep the money but (again) the Romans would have none of it. So to this day the money goes to charity.
Beware of pickpockets and ripoffs
A word of warning is in order for the area surrounding the Trevi Fountain. It can get extremely busy near the fountain. This means it’s prime real estate for pickpockets. Just practice common sense and you’ll be fine. And another word of warning is appropriate for the food and drink in the area. This is also prime real estate for that, and you should expect prices to match. If you have a chance, satisfy your hunger in the streets near the Piazza Navona. Your tastebuds and your wallet will be grateful.
Why would I want to go see a fountain?
It’s a fountain. Don’t expect to spend hours here. But it is something that really gives you a sense of the cultural prowess of Rome now and in the past. This kind of grand project isn’t for any provincial town, this kind of project is for the grandest cities of the world. And many buildings from around that time really breath that kind of atmosphere.
When should I visit the Trevi fountain?
You can go there at any time. Summer, winter it doesn’t matter. However if you have the possibility I wouldn’t skip a nighttime visit to the fountain. If you are in the area already and you can swing by after dinner for example, that will enhance the experience a lot.
How do I get there?
Go on foot if you have the chance. The fountain isn’t exactly close to any subway stop, but there is a well-served bus stop nearby called L.Go Chigi (Google Maps link). The closest subway stop is Repubblica (Google Maps link) but from there it’s a good 20 minutes’ walk to the fountain.
In this part of the city, there is no subway line. So be aware that if you are reliant on public transport that you will have to take the bus. These are just fine and run regularly. They are however not running on schedule.
Other things to do near the Trevi Fountain
There are plenty of things for you to do in this part of town. The Trevi fountain in itself isn’t something where you would spend hours. But combined with the Piazza Venezia, the Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, you do have a pretty well-filled afternoon. All of those sights are within the same area of the city center of Rome, and you can easily walk between them while you are there.
Don’t skip churches while you are in the city center if you have a bit of time. Rome has some of the most beautiful churches in the world, and a lot of them aren’t big-ticket items. So if you pass a church, just walk in and take a look around. You’ll never be disappointed in Rome.