The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous and most beloved sights in Rome. A huge Baroque flurry (85-by-65 feet or 25-by-20 meters) where water spills from rocks under the feet of Neptune, Triton and sea-horses into a large pool, it's always surrounded by coin-tossing tourists. Superstition has it that if you toss a coin into the fountain you will one day return to Rome. The fact that up to $3,500 is thrown in each day shows how much people love this city! The money is collected at night by the city and distributed to charity.
The Trevi Fountain began as a humble water outlet, the end of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct built in 19 BC to bring water to Roman Baths. The name comes from its location at the junction of three roads ("tre vie"). Around 1735, Pope Clement XII commissioned Niccolo Salvi to design the fountain we still love today.
The Trevi Fountain is located in the Trevi Square (Piazza di Trevi) on the via del Tritone. It is not far from the Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona in the heart of Rome. Good coffee and gelato is to be found in the cafes surrounding the square, but beware of the men offering red roses; they are relentless in their insistence on being paid.