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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

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

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!

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

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!
Photo: Benson Kua @Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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.

Our insider tips

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.

What people are saying about Trevi Fountain

Overall rating
4.6 / 5
based on 13,352 reviews

Great way to see the city and find out more about Rome

This is just a really good fun way to get a sense of the many sights that Rome has to offer and to learn a little bit more about each one. We were a big party and our guide made a brilliant job of tailoring the experience to the varied needs of our group of 14. This is the second time I've done this tour and I will continue to do this every time I return to Rome - each time you notice something different, learn something new and make new friends along the way, I highly recommend this :)

Rome by Night Segway Tour Reviewed by

Nice informative stroll around the Centro Storico

I learned a few things and saw a few things, which is what I expected. The guide (sorry, didn't catch her name) kept us all together and told us a few snippets of info about the various sights. There were a few quiet periods that could have perhaps been filled with more background info. The guide was also having to provide a Spanish commentary concurrent with the English one to cater for the one Spanish speaking guest. Also, the activity lasted two hours, not three as advertised.

Rome 3-Hour Evening Walking Tour Reviewed by

The tour is excellent, quick and easy tour to Rome

The tour itself is excellent, the guide is very enthusiastic. Easy to find the meeting point and convenient drop off. The only draw back is they could manage the timing of the bus better. The bus send us back to the port 25 mins later than expected, leaving us only 5 mins before the all aboard time. So a group of us have to run to the port shuttle to catch the last shuttle back to ship. A bit scared that we would miss the ship but luckily we are all fine and we are not alone.

Panoramic Bus Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port Reviewed by

Absolutely wonderful introduction to the great city of Rome!

We had an excellent experience with our guide, Jaber. The pace of the tour was good as we were able to visit the key sites and take photos. Perfect for the traveler who has a limited time but wants to get an experience of the city. The gelato treat at the end was a delight! Headsets make it possible to explore in the vicinity of the group without missing any important history. Definitely would do again! Worth every penny!!

Rome: Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps & Pantheon Reviewed by

A superb way to see more of Roma and to learn about her history.

Our driver/guides were brilliant. They shared their love and knowledge of Roma with us while zooming through the streets. This is the second time I’ve booked this tour and would again and again. Each time has been different and just as breathtaking. Thank you for making our night a highlight.

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