“Three coins in the fountain…Each one seeking happiness…Thrown by three hopeful lovers…Which one will the fountain bless? “ ♫ *♥*♪
This beautiful song resonates to millions of people around the world. Like the fountain, Frank Sinatra’s smooth euphonious voice, the song’s dreamy melody and lyrics have been flowing sweetly…and will continue to flow for years to come.
According to the famous legend, if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, tossing it with your right hand over your left shoulder, you will return to Rome. The second coin thrown, and this came from the 1954 famous Hollywood film Three Coins in the Fountain, will ensure a new romance and the third coin will ensure marriage.
Such an amusing and bizarre fountain of thought but not a useless deed…Around three thousand euros worth of coins which are thrown into this fountain each day are collected every night and are donated to Caritas, the Roman Catholic charity which helps the needy in 200 countries around the world.
Yonder were the fountains of Rome…beautiful ornaments in the middle of handsome squares, sweet murmurs in the middle of quiet gardens, a rhythmic pitter-patter in the middle of the joyful chatter!
Rome is the city with the most number of fountains in the world! More than 2,000 spraying and flowing water dot the ancient metropolis! Oh, how cheerfully they flow, upward or downward with a gentle splash, splashing for thousands of years…and will continue on, for more thousands of years!
You can drink water from all the fountains you can find along the streets. Our tourist guide here proves that the water is clean.
The oldest fountain, dating around 3000 BC, was found in Mesopotamia. Rome’s oldest fountain was built around 8th century, located at tha Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere… and its grandest is Trevi Fountain, located at the intersection of Tre Vie, meaning three-way or three streets.
Springing forth triumphantly with a grand theatrical design is Trevi Fountain…one of the world’s most famous fountains!
With figures as imposing as the figures of Neptune flanked by two Tritons and a seahorse, it stands on the site where Agrippa built the Aqua Virgo aqueduct in 19 BC which provided water for drinking and for the Roman baths. Construction started in 1732 and was completed in 1762. Nicola Salvi designed this grand fountain but he passed away in 1761, just one year before its completion. Another Italian architect, Pietro Bracci did the finishing touches. It has undergone restoration through the years but the most comprehensive one was the 2013 restoration by an Italian luxury fashion brand Fendi.
At 86 feet high and 61.3 feet across, this is the biggest fountain in Rome. It spills more than 2.8 million cubic feet of recycled water every day and magnets 1,200 visitors every hour!