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. It shows how much people love this city that up to $3,500 a day is thrown in! 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.
Review by Lynette O, November 2012
Doing what: Panoramic Rome by Night Tour and Dinner in Trastevere
Fantastic - Seeing Rome and the Trevi Fountain at night was the best thing about my trip. Dinner was great (although a bit rushed)
I booked through viator.com, the tour starts on via santa eufemia. Saw this and had to book it. It was a two and a half hour tour around Rome, started at 8 pm, we had 30 min orientation. I was slightly anxious initially but our tour guide was amazing and made it seem so easy and it was once you get used it. There was only four people in our group which was great. We saw Pantheon, Trevi fountain, Spanish steps, Ignazia, Piazza nevona and a lot more, we had a brief history of each one which was perfect and just what we need. It was about 3 hours in duration, amazing from start to finish and recommend it to everyone
I done this tour with my sister-in-law while we were in Rome. Neither of us had been on a segway before and after about 5min we both were zipping around with no troubles. We had already visited most of the sights during the daytime but it was good to see them in a different light after dark. The only downside was the pouring rain at the end when we arrived at the Trevi fountain but we had our umbrella so stayed dry.
Overall this tour was alot of fun and i would recommend it to anyone looking to do something a little different to the usual walk and talk tours.
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.