Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)
Situated at the end of the restored Aqua Virgo aqueduct, the Trevi Fountain is a popular spot for first-time and returning visitors alike. It also features on just about every walking group or private guided tour of Rome, whether on foot or by bike, which typically also stop at the Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona.
Although easy to squeeze into a busy day of sightseeing, you’ll still have to jockey for position close to the fountain in order to throw a coin over your shoulder and (supposedly) guarantee a return to Rome though.
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Things to Know Before You Go
The palace behind the fountain was redesigned to include majestic columns and statues befitting the fountain below.
Wear comfortable shoes to walk through central Rome's cobbled streets.
Distracted tourists make easy targets for pickpockets, so keep your valuables close.
The Trevi Fountain was the central monument in the movie Three Coins in the Fountain and played a memorable role in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.
Throwing a coin over your shoulder into the fountain supposedly ensures you'll return to Rome some day.
How to Get There
The Trevi Fountain dominates the Piazza di Trevi in the historic center of Rome, not far from the Quirinal Palace. It's easiest to get there on foot or by bike, given the narrow streets surrounding the fountain. On the Metro, take line A to the Barberini stop.
When to Get There
The Trevi is an outdoor public fountain and is open year-round. Given its popularity, sometimes visitors have to wait their turn to admire the fountain, get a good picture, or get close enough for a coin toss. Early morning and evening visits can be quieter and more atmospheric, especially during Rome's less touristed winter months. To avoid crowds and get stunning lighting for your photos, visit at sunrise.
Throwing Coins Is a Charitable Act
Coins thrown into the Trevi Fountain add up quickly, amounting to roughly $3,600 (€3,000) per day. City officials gather the coins each night, and the money is given to a local charity called Caritas, which helps Rome's neediest citizens.
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