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Trevi Fountain

Toss a coin and change your fate at the most famous fountain in the world:  Trevi Fountain!  Featured in countless T.V. shows and films, the Trevi Fountain is one of the most easily recognizable Rome attractions.  And, no Rome sightseeing trip is complete without making a wish at this beautiful, 18th-century masterpiece.  Commissioned by Pope Clement XII and designed by Nicola Salvi, the Trevi Fountain, like many fountains, is said to grant wishes if you make a monetary offering.  Simply turn your back to the fountain and throw the coin over your left shoulder with your right hand.  Then, turn back around and enjoy the gorgeous, highly detailed façade for the remainder of your Trevi Fountain trip.  Stare up at the powerful Oceanus, god of the ocean.  Check out his shell-shaped chariot.  And, look on as Triton leads the way and tames the hippocamps, which are mythical creatures best described and half-horse and half-fish.  The scene is all about taming the waters; and, keeping the sea gods appeased with a shiny coin is one of the most memorable things to do in Rome.  So, why not enjoy the Trevi Fountain as part of a Classic Rome Tour?  Or, take in the dazzling light display while the Trevi Fountain is illuminated during a Rome by Night tour.  It’s what to do in Rome for an unforgettable Trevi Fountain experience!


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Our tips for Trevi Fountain


  • Then it Dawns on You.The Trevi Fountain draws visitors at all times of the day and even during the wee hours of the night.For a chance at a photograph without tourists in it, come just before sunrise.
  • Hello, Again. If you really want to fully enjoy the Trevi Fountain, then you should probably visit it twice during your Rome vacation:Once during the day and once while it’s all lit up at night!
  • No Horseplay. Be careful while enjoying the Trevi Fountain.An ill-advised selfie that accidentally ends with you belly-flopping into the water can cost you hundreds of dollars in fines.

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit Trevi Fountain is between April and May.  You’ll experience less crowding than would during the summer and the days are definitely milder than the dog days of the summer months.  And, while Rome remains popular throughout the year, you can still come across fabulous deals on hotel rooms and major Rome attractions.  However, you might want to plan for occasional rain.  The area around the Trevi Fountain becomes jam-packed during the summer.  It’s basically impossible to get a clear shot of the fountain with your camera.  So, if that’s important to you, try showing up at dawn to catch the Trevi Fountain at its least busy time.   Taking a Trevi Fountain trip during the winter means you’ll encounter fewer tourists.  But, restorations and repairs are often made during the offseason, so there’s some risk that the Trevi Fountain could be partially obscured. 

Getting there

Getting to the Trevi Fountain is easy!  Most visitors on a Rome vacation simply walk to Trevi Fountain after checking out the Spanish Steps.  The distance between these two Rome attractions is less than a mile; so, it’s an easy, leisurely stroll to the Trevi Fountain.  Otherwise, you can take a taxi and get dropped off very close to the fountain.  And, while Rome’s taxis can be pricey, if you’re taking one from the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain, then the fare will be nominal.  Alternatively, busses present a cost-effective, safe option.  You can take Bus No. 71, 62, 85, or the 160, all of which stop very close to Trevi Fountain.  By Metro, you’ll need to take either the A or B line.  And, the following commuter trains stop near the Trevi Fountain:  FL2, FL4, FL5, and R.   Regardless of which mode of transportation you choose, you’ll soon discover that reaching the Trevi Fountain is a breeze!

Money saving tips

Low on cash?  That’s fine.  Just don’t try to fund your Rome trip by stealing coins from the Trevi Fountain.  It’s a crime that will land you behind bars.  And, that can put a significant dent in your travel budget, not to mention the time wasted touring the local jail.

Did you know?

Quick Trivia – Amaze your friends with these Trevi Fountain fun facts!

  • The Trevi Fountain was built at the junction of three roads, or tre vie.  And, that’s where the fountain got its name.
  • The Trevi Fountain has featured in several T.V. shows and films, like Roman Holiday, Three Coins in the Fountain, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, and Sabrina Goes to Rome.
  • Pope Clement helped fund the Trevi Fountain’s construction by approving a government-sponsored lottery to extract money from gamblers within Rome’s citizenry.
  • The spot on which the Trevi Fountain currently sits has a history that goes all the way back to 19 B.C.  The fountain marks the spot where one of the oldest aqueducts in Rome once ended.

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