12 Cool Facts about the Trevi Fountain

This post lists 11 cool facts about the Trevi Fountain, Rome’s most famous fountain, plus tips on how to get here, the best times to visit, and nearby attractions.

 


12 COOL FACTS ABOUT THE TREVI FOUNTAIN

There are a lot of interesting details about the Trevi Fountain which make it one of the most popular landmarks in all of Rome. Here are our top 12.

The Trevi Fountain is Big

This is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome and one of the most famous fountains in the world. At 85 feet high and 65 feet across, this fountain and its piazza take up almost an entire city block.

It’s Part of an Early Aqueduct System

Standing at the junction of three roads, the Trevi Fountain marks the final point of Aqua Virgo, one of the earliest aqueducts in Rome. The name of the fountain itself literally means “Three Street Fountain.”

The Statues Feature Gods and Tritons

The center of the fountain features a statue of Oceanus being pulled by a chariot of two seahorses. Two Tritons lead the horses on either side, one holding a twisted shell to announce their arrival.

 

 

At the left of the main arch is a statue of Abundance, while a statue of Health stands on the right.

There is a Theme to the Fountain

The overarching theme of the Trevi Fountain is to tame the waters, a clear reference to the aqueducts which provide the fountain with water which brings both health and abundance.

Trevi Fountain Uses a Lot of Water

Over the course of one day, this fountain will produce 2,823,800 cubic feet of water. All of it is recycled, so you don’t have to worry about any water going to waste!

The Water is Not Safe for Consumption

Since the water for this fountain is recycled, it is not safe to drink. Thankfully, there are a lot of fontanellas around the city where you can get fresh, safe water to drink for free.

No, You Can’t Get In the Fountain

This should be fairly obvious, but nobody is allowed to set foot in the Trevi Fountain. As a matter of fact, there is actually a €500 fine for entering the structure, so you should avoid this at all costs.

Yes, You Can Make a Wish

Visitors are welcome to make a wish and toss a coin into the fountain. As a matter of fact, there’s actually a tradition of tossing three coins!

There are other traditions revolving around how to throw your coin, but regardless of how you choose to make your wish, this practice is actually quite common.

For more details, please check our section devoted to coins and wishes.

All the Coins are Donated

Even if you don’t believe in the myths about tossing a coin into the fountain, it’s worth noting that the money collected from Trevi Fountain actually goes to a good cause.

 

 

It is estimated that around €3,000 is “donated” to the Trevi Fountain every day.

In 2016, roughly €1.4 million was collected over the course of the year, making it one of the most profitable fountains in the world.

Keep An Eye Out for Pick-Pockets

Due to the fact that more than 1,000 people visit this landmark every hour, the Trevi Fountain is a popular spot for thieves to pick-pocket. Make sure to keep your belongings safe and secure!

This is a Famous Filming Location

Trevi Fountain has been used as a filming location and backdrop in many notable movies, most famously La Dolce Vita.

 

 

A few more films:

  • Roman Holiday
  • Three Coins in the Fountain
  • When in Rome
  • Angels & Demons

There is a Webcam Over Trevi Fountain

Whether you don’t have the time or you want to make sure that the area isn’t too crowded before heading out, it’s worth noting that there is a live webcam offering footage of the Trevi Fountain.

 


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PLAN YOUR VISIT

In this section, we will cover important information about how to find the Trevi Fountain, what time you might want to visit, how much time to spend at the landmark and some of the things you can and cannot do while you’re there. 


Where is it?

The Trevi Fountain can be found on Piazza di Trevi. This street surrounds the fountain on two sides and it can be reached from several popular roads nearby.

Use this Google Maps link for specific directions to the Trevi Fountain.

 

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The Trevi Fountain is also within walking distance of many notable landmarks.

The closest Metro station is at Piazza Barberini. From here, head West on Via del Tritone until you reach either Via della Stamperia. Head South on Via Stamperia until you reach Piazza di Trevi. The fountain will be on your right.

Check out our guide to mastering Rome’s public transport system.

Hop-on-hop-off bus tours will take you even closer than the Metro. The stop for Trevi Fountain/Spanish Steps is about 3 blocks south of Piazza Barberini on Via del Tritone. 


Best Time to Visit

Although there aren’t technically any set operational hours for the Trevi Fountain, there are times that you may want to avoid visiting.

If you want to get a good look at the fountain, it will be important to visit when the surrounding piazza isn’t too busy.

 

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This historic site is very crowded between the hours of 12 pm – 7 pm, so you might try to visit either before or after that time period.

Visitors indicate that the fountain is usually cleaned early on weekday mornings at sometime between the hours of 6 am – 10 am.

Once the sun goes down, this famous landmark lights up. As luck would have it, the area is typically less crowded at this time.

For the best results, consider making this one of your last activities of the day between 8 pm – 11 pm

You could also view the webcam to see how crowded it is.


What to Expect

Although the Trevi Fountain is very large and there is a lot of room to move around, there are times when this area can get pretty crowded.

Chances are your view won’t ever be too obstructed, but you may have trouble getting close to the fountain and throwing in coins

Don’t fall in. If you are caught stepping into the fountain, you may be charged up to €500. It’s also a crime to steal coins from the water.

Plan to set aside at least 15 minutes for this activity, but many people linger much longer.

TIP: If it is crowded, some thieves may take advantage of the situation to get closer and try to steal money or other possessions.

Here’s a helpful video showing you how and where pickpockets work. 

 


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COINS AND WISHES

Most people know about the ritual of throwing a coin into a fountain and making a wish, but they do things a bit differently at this landmark.

 

 

There are two traditions to consider before you depart with any money:

One method is to use your right hand, throw the coin over your left shoulder.

The other is to throw three coins into the fountain. The first coin is for your return to Rome, the second brings the promise of a new romance, and the third will ensure marriage.

At least one of these traditions is apparently taken straight from the film Three Coins in the Fountain.

Whether or not the legends and tales about wishes made at Trevi Fountain have any bearing, it’s definitely a lot of fun.

Even if you don’t believe in the myths about tossing a coin into the fountain, it’s worth noting that the money collected from Trevi Fountain actually goes to a good cause.

The coins tossed into this fountain are donated to a charity called Caritas which provides locals in need with food and other essentials.

It is estimated that roughly €3,000 is “donated” to the Trevi Fountain every day.

In 2016, roughly €1.4 million was collected over the course of the year, making it one of the most profitable fountains in the world. 

 


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NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

The Trevi Fountain is a popular meeting place on the way to several famous attractions that are located nearby. As a matter of fact, it’s only about 5-10 minutes away from the following landmarks.

If you’re interested in learning more about these locations or seeing additional sites in the area, check out our post about tours in the Rome city centre.

The Spanish Steps 

Located about 6-7 blocks north of the Trevi Fountain, this famous set of stairs is another popular meeting location where locals and tourists alike will often spend some time. Read our post about the Spanish Steps for more details.

Piazza Barberini 

In addition to providing the closest metro stop to the east, this plaza is also quite historic. This whole area was once known as the Circus of Flora, where the Floral Games were held to celebrate the first bloom of spring in May.

The Pantheon 

You’ll find this popular destination just west of the Trevi Fountain. This is one of the most impressive architectural feats in all of Rome and it is currently still free to visit.

For more details, read our post about the Pantheon.

Piazza Navona 

If you’re heading west, make sure to stop at this plaza and enjoy the three fountains here as well. Many popular activities such as operas and other performances are held at nearby locations.

Read our post on the Piazza Navona for more details. 

The Mausoleum of Augustus 

Although it’s a bit further out of the way, you may also want to walk the 8-9 blocks to reach this famous landmark.

You can’t go inside, but the view from outside is definitely worth a look and the sepulcher is located right next to the river. 

 


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LIVE TREVI FOUNTAIN WEBCAM

Even if you can’t visit the Trevi Fountain, feel free to spend as much time as you want to view the live camera feed for this landmark.

This is also a great way to get a feel for the best time to visit, as you can get a look at what the crowds look like during different times of the day.   

Click here to see the Trevi Fountain live camera. 

 


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