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Top sights in Rome
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.
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 now swept every day, and on average €3000 is collected! The proceeds go to a Catholic charity called Caritas.
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!
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.'
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.
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.
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.
- When should I visit?
- Come take a gander any time of day or night.
- Is it expensive?
- 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
This is a perfect way to see Rome at sunset. We had been on our feet all day at the Vatican museum and Basilica etc. and really could not have done with any more walking around. Giulia was very knowledgeable and is a wonderfully warm person. Of course, having done uni in the US, her English is impeccable. She greeted us with a beer and the whole trip was great from start to finish. With a maximum of 6 people on the tour it was absolutely a unique experience to learn about the history of an incredible city and have access that only a golf cart can provide (kerbside at the colosseum? No problem). I truly cannot recommend this tour (and Giulia) enough. Her love of Rome and her brother’s passion to share Roman history with tourists is wonderful. PS, her brother owns the business with his wife and it certainly feels like a family affair - but completely professional at the same time. My two sisters and I only had 2 days in Rome and this tour made it possible to see as much as possible!
I did a complete round trip which took about 1 hour 40. Then stopped at a couple stops. Wish I’d stopped at each one looked around then went to next. Did night tour but first bus was full so couldn’t go on. Waited over hour for last bus and again was full and could only allow a few on. People in queue kicked off and the police were called. They did however get another bus for the rest of the queue. Glad I stuck it out tho as Rome at night is so beautiful - again did a full round trip in lights. In the morning I caught a bus to go to my Colosseum tour but it waited at bus stop for 20 mins so I missed my tour time. Check the bus is going straight away as pointless sitting on it going nowhere!
Mico was our named driver and we asked him to take us off the beaten tracks, we have been to Rome a few times and thought we had seen all there was to see but no he took us on a journey through the streets of Rome to monuments and parts of Rome we never knew existed. It was such fun on the back of a golf buggy it’s not for the faint hearted, it was such fun and the time went over and the guide kept going. He appreciated the tip which is not compulsory but it was much deserved as he was so full of knowledge and knew his history. Would definitely recommend!!!
booked this tour couple of days before i visited. Even though it was early in day (9:15) it worked out well as when day progresses it gets hot. Mat our guide was very good, kept everyone engaged, covered all the places within 3 hrs time (time seemed less believe me) including Pantheon (which was not on list). Worth the price as you can see many attractions within short time frame including getting familiar with history behind the attractions.
These tours are always probably only as good as the guide that you get. We lucked out and got James, the best guide ever with an enthusiastic personality and vast knowledge of the city who took us to all of the cool behind the scenes places that typical tourists would never get to see. I'm so sorry I didn't have any euro on me to tip him as you very much deserved it - thanks James!