Immortalised in many Italian and Hollywood films, the Trevi Fountain is one of Rome’s most popular attractions with travellers of all ages. Instantly recognisable, this iconic fountain has been a focal point in Rome for hundreds of years, attracting visitors from all over the world who come to cast a wish with a coin into the warm waters.
Understanding the Trevi Fountain
For Romans, the Trevi Fountain is much more than just a fountain - it’s a grand monument to the city’s Baroque past, and a bridge between its ancient civilisation and today’s modern society. Although building work began on the fountain in the early 17th century, it wasn’t completed until over 100 years later. And at roughly 20 feet wide and 26 metres tall, it’s said to be the largest Baroque fountain in the world.
Today, holidaymakers flock to the Trevi Fountain during the day, when perching on its ledge provides some respite from the intense Roman heat in the summer. By night, its beautiful illumination makes it one of the city’s most Romantic places to relax. It’s traditional to throw into the fountain to ensure you will once again return to Rome. Each day, thousands of euros are thrown into its waters, which are later retrieved to help the poor.
The Trevi Fountain on film
The Trevi Fountain has featured in many films, perhaps most famously in the Italian masterpiece La Dolce Vita. In the 1950s, it also starred in the Hollywood films Roman Holiday and Three Coins in the Fountain, cementing its reputation as one of Rome’s leading tourist attractions.