The Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, and the enduring masterwork of Nicola Salvi and Giuseppe Pannini. It's named for its position at the junction of three roads (“tre vie”).
The best way to admire the Trevi Fountain is to pick up a gelato from a nearby stand and snare a spot on the steps leading down to it. Crafted largely from travertine stone and Carrara marble, the fountain is presided over by a bearded Oceanus who rides on a shell-shaped chariot led by horses and two Tritons. The figure of Abundance stands in the left-hand alcove brandishing her horn of plenty, while on the opposite side, a laurel-crowned statue holds a cup, from which a snake drinks. Horticulture buffs will have fun trying to spot the 30 different species of plant that are carved into the fountain.
While you’ll land yourself in hot water with the police if you attempt to emulate the scene from the 1960 film La Dolce Vita (when Anita Eckberg dances in the water), you can at least drink the water. Its source is one of the aqueducts built by the emperor Caesar Augustus, which has been in use since 17 B.C., so is always fresh. No visit to the fountain is complete without tossing a little loose change into its waters. It’s said one coin will ensure a return visit to Rome, two will guarantee you fall in love with a Roman and three will signal wedding bells. Whether or not this works, the fountain collects some $4,000 every day and every morning is dredged of coins, which are donated to local charity.
If you have the time, visit the fountain twice, once in the day to appreciate the travertine shining in the midday sun, and once at night when it is bathed in golden light.
The Trevi Fountain is in the center of Rome to the east of the Via del Corso. It is close to several other attractions including the Spanish Steps. The Metro train station Barberini is a short walk from the fountain.
Central Rome hotel housed in a late 19th-century building retaining much Imperial grandeur, 500 metres from Quirinale Palace and one kilometre from the Colosseum.
Hotel Delle Nazioni is situated in the heart of Rome, just around the corner from the Trevi Fountain. This 4-star hotel is 5 minutes from both the Spanish Steps and stylish Via Condotti shopping.
Grandiose 19th-century property overlooking Rome's central Via Nazionale, just steps from the Piazza della Repubblica, and 1 kilometer from the Trevi fountain and Spanish Steps.
Located in Rome's Quirinale district, this hotel draws a mix of tourists to its doors, which are 1 block from Teatro dell'Opera and a 5 minute walk to the Termini Station.
Built in the 1930s, the original façade mirrors the neoclassical furnishings in this Rome hotel, 200 meters from Termini Station and 400 meters from the shops of Via Nazionale.
Surrounded by artisans' workshops and antique shops in the up-and-coming Monti district of Rome, this townhouse hotel is 500 meters from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
Centrally located in Rome, this hotel faces the Teatro dell'Opera and is within 2 blocks of the Repubblica metro station and Via Nazionale and within 1 km (0.5 mi) of Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
Located in Navona, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palazzo Farnese and Campo de' Fiori. Piazza Navona and Pantheon are also within 15 minutes.