Trevi Fountain

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5 facts and legends about the Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is a tourist hotspot in Rome. Definitely one to check off any sightseeing list. Just make sure you toss a coin in the fountain before you leave! Here's why, plus some other facts about this world-famous fountain.

  • A coin over the shoulder

    1. A coin over the shoulder

    The old tradition goes that tossing a coin over your shoulder into the fountain will ensure a safe return to Rome. Two coins will bring you love. And three... wedding bells!

  • The fountain is charitable

    2. The fountain is charitable

    The fountain is now swept every day, and on average €3000 is collected! The proceeds go to a Catholic charity called Caritas.

  • Don't take coins from the fountain!

    3. Don't take coins from the fountain!

    This is no myth. Not only is it thought of as bad luck, it's illegal! Don't risk the wrath of the gods, or the nearby security guards!

  • One of Rome's oldest water sources

    4. One of Rome's oldest water sources

    Built in ancient Rome, the fountain connected three paths of the Aqueduct carrying water around the city. This is how the fountain got its name: three streets - 'tre vie.'

  • It's huge!

    5. It's huge!

    The fountain is 85 feet tall and almost 65 feet wide! Massive amounts of water spill over the sides every day! Sensibly, the water is now recycled back into the fountain.

Planning Your Visit

  • When should I visit?

    Of course you can visit this famous site at any time of the year, however, a warm summer evening is an ideal time. Note that the Fountain is currently undergoing restoration and is partly obscured by scaffolding. Be prepared to see it in its fully restored glory at the end of 2016.

  • Are there tours avaliable?

    There are a great many tours of Rome - walking and otherwise - which include the Trevi Fountain as part of their city-wide sojourn. It's well worth it to become more familiar with the city and its deep history.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Come take a gander any time of day or night.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free!
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's not necessary, but recommended for those who delight in historical facts and stories.
  • How to get there
    *On your feet! This is a primary attraction in the city center, close to most hotels and other attractions. *
  • Additional information
    Police guard the Fountain 24 hours a day. If you get tempted to do a Dolce Vita-move, resist, or you'll get fined.

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What people are saying about Trevi Fountain

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Best tour of our trip to Rome. Saw parts of Rome we never saw before. Fascinating and exhilarating. Paul was an amazing guide with so much knowledge—both historic and current. Thank you!

I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this. I loved riding the Vespa. My tour guide Mario had a great personality. He was very nice & gave a great tour.

Fantastic, patient and funny guides who took good care of us and was very serviceminded. Will recommend it any day!

Great walk through a wonderful city with a very passionate guide. Thx Andrada for all the stories <3

A lot of very good information so take the circle twice.