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Lazio Information
Location of Lazio
Area: 17,208 km²
Population: 5.6m
Density: 327/km²
Capital: Rome

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The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi fountain is one of the most famous fountains in the world. It represents the perfect combination of classicism and Baroque style and is situated on one side of the Palazzo Poli in the centre of Rome. The structure is made to look even more imposing due to the tiny square in which it was built and by the numerous narrow streets that you need to follow in order to reach it.

The history of the fountain began many centuries ago, during the time of General Agrippa, son-in-law of the Emperor Augustus. He ordered the construction of an aquaduct through which running water could reach the Pantheon and its thermal baths. According to legend, the original name of the aquaduct, 'Aqua Virgo', was based on the story that the source of the water was found by Roman soldiers with the help of a young girl.

As it was built on the intersection of three roads (Trivia), it eventually became known as the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi).

The aquaduct was remodeled many times during the Middle Ages after being damaged during various Barbarian invasions. Around the middle of 1400, Pope Nicholas V ordered the damage to be repaired and he entrusted the work to Giovan Battista Alberti. These repairs were very important to the Romans because for almost three centuries they had only been able to draw water from the River Tiber. Now, once again, they could draw fresh water from the aquaduct.

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Pope Urban VIII

In 1625 Pope Urban VIII commissioned Gian Lorenzo Bernini to demolish the original façade and rebuild it in a more imposing style. Unfortunately, after only four years, the project was abandoned through lack of funds.

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Pope Clement XII

Over ninety years later, Pope Clement XII set up a competition to find an artist who would be given the honour of rebuilding the fountain. The winner of this competion was an unknown artist called Niccolò Salvi who proposed the creation of a masterpiece using the original plans of Bernini. Salvi decided to illustrate the legend of the origins of the fountain through his design.

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In the centre of the structure is an arch decorated with the coat of arms of Pope Clement XII. On a rock under this central arch there is a statue of Neptune riding in a shell-shaped chariot pulled by two horses led by Mermen. One of the horses represents calm waters and the other rough seas. On either side of the central structure are alcoves, each framed by a pair of imposing Corinthian columns. In one alcove stands a statue representing health, and in the other a statue representing prosperity, both together symbolising the benefits of drinking pure water. The bas-reliefs above represent the approval of the project by Agrippa and the legend of the young girl who originally pointed out the source of the water to the Roman soldiers.

The list of artists who participated in the reconstruction of the Trevi Fountain is fairly long and although Niccolò Salvi engineered the general concept, much of the work was created by others. The main artists involved were as follows:

  • Giovan Battista Maini
    The statue of Neptune.
    He made the prototype of this in plaster but died before contructing the actual statue which was eventually finished by Pietro Bracci.
  • Francesco Pancellotti and Giuseppe Poddi
    The rocks and plants upon which the group of statues rest.
  • Filippo della Valle
    The statues of Health and Prosperity.
  • Andrea Bergondi
    The bas-relief of General Agrippa.
  • Giovanni Battista Grossi
    The bas-relief of the young girl.

The work was eventually completed in 1762, still under the auspices of Pope Clement XII but eleven years after the death of Niccolò Salvi. Giuseppe Pannini is attibuted to having lain the last stone.

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The tiny square which is home to the Trevi Fountain is probably one of the most crowded tourist sites in the world. Legend has it that if, as a stranger to the city, you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain, you are guaranteed to come back to Rome during your lifetime.

The Trevi Fountain has become a symbol of the city of Rome, attracting the attention of many artists and filmmakers. It is impossible to forget the famous scene in the 1960 film 'La Dolce Vita' by Federico Fellini, in which Anita Ekberg bathes in the fountain and invites Marcello Mastroianni to do the same.

Although the Trevi Fountain is located in the centre of the city of Rome, it is impossible to reach it by car. It is however, easy to reach by public transport such as bus or metro. The nearest metro station is 'Barberini' and from here you can walk to Via del Tritone and then take Via della Stamperia, a side street on the left. It is a very pleasant walk of about 600 metres, passing through some of the Eternal City's most charming streets, lined with shops, bars, pubs and restaurants, creating a perfect blend of the ancient and modern. And there, as you turn the corner, is the breathtaking spectacle of the wonderful 'Trevi Fountain'!

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Lazio Information
Location of Lazio
Area: 17,208 km²
Population: 5.6m
Density: 327/km²
Capital: Rome

Find a hotel in Lazio
Provinces
Comunes
  • Frosinone
    • Acquafondata
      Acuto
      Alatri
      Alvito
      Amaseno
      Anagni
      Aquino
      Arce
      Arnara
      Arpino
      Atina
      Ausonia
      Belmonte Castello
      Boville Ernica
      Broccostella
      Campoli Appennino
      Casalattico
      Casalvieri
      Cassino
      Castelliri
      Castelnuovo Parano
      Castro dei Volsci
      Castrocielo
      Ceccano
      Ceprano
      Cervaro
      Colfelice
      Colle San Magno
      Collepardo
      Coreno Ausonio
      Esperia
      Falvaterra
      Ferentino
      Filettino
      Fiuggi
      Fontana Liri
      Fontechiari
      Frosinone
      Fumone
      Gallinaro
      Giuliano di Roma
      Guarcino
      Isola del Liri
      Monte San Giovanni Campano
      Morolo
      Paliano
      Pastena
      Patrica
      Pescosolido
      Picinisco
      Pico
      Piedimonte San Germano
      Piglio
      Pignataro Interamna
      Pofi
      Pontecorvo
      Posta Fibreno
      Ripi
      Rocca d'Arce
      Roccasecca
      San Biagio Saracinisco
      San Donato Val di Comino
      San Giorgio a Liri
      San Giovanni Incarico
      San Vittore del Lazio
      Sant'Ambrogio sul Garigliano
      Sant'Andrea del Garigliano
      Sant'Apollinare
      Sant'Elia Fiumerapido
      Santopadre
      Serrone
      Settefrati
      Sgurgola
      Sora
      Strangolagalli
      Supino
      Terelle
      Torre Cajetani
      Torrice
      Trevi nel Lazio
      Trivigliano
      Vallecorsa
      Vallemaio
      Vallerotonda
      Veroli
      Vicalvi
      Vico nel Lazio
      Villa Latina
      Villa Santa Lucia
      Villa Santo Stefano
      Viticuso

  • Latina
    • Aprilia
      Bassiano
      Campodimele
      Castelforte
      Cisterna di Latina
      Cori
      Fondi
      Formia
      Gaeta
      Itri
      Latina
      Lenola
      Maenza
      Minturno
      Monte San Biagio
      Norma
      Pontinia
      Ponza
      Priverno
      Prossedi
      Rocca Massima
      Roccagorga
      Roccasecca dei Volsci
      Sabaudia
      San Felice Circeo
      Santi Cosma e Damiano
      Sermoneta
      Sezze
      Sonnino
      Sperlonga
      Spigno Saturnia
      Terracina
      Ventotene

  • Rieti
    • Accumoli
      Amatrice
      Antrodoco
      Ascrea
      Belmonte in Sabina
      Borbona
      Borgo Velino
      Borgorose
      Cantalice
      Cantalupo in Sabina
      Casaprota
      Casperia
      Castel di Tora
      Castel Sant'Angelo
      Castelnuovo di Farfa
      Cittaducale
      Cittareale
      Collalto Sabino
      Colle di Tora
      Collegiove
      Collevecchio
      Colli sul Velino
      Concerviano
      Configni
      Contigliano
      Cottanello
      Fara in Sabina
      Fiamignano
      Forano
      Frasso Sabino
      Greccio
      Labro
      Leonessa
      Longone Sabino
      Magliano Sabina
      Marcetelli
      Micigliano
      Mompeo
      Montasola
      Monte San Giovanni in Sabina
      Montebuono
      Monteleone Sabino
      Montenero Sabino
      Montopoli di Sabina
      Morro Reatino
      Nespolo
      Orvinio
      Paganico Sabino
      Pescorocchiano
      Petrella Salto
      Poggio Bustone
      Poggio Catino
      Poggio Mirteto
      Poggio Moiano
      Poggio Nativo
      Poggio San Lorenzo
      Posta
      Pozzaglia Sabina
      Rieti
      Rivodutri
      Rocca Sinibalda
      Roccantica
      Salisano
      Scandriglia
      Selci
      Stimigliano
      Tarano
      Toffia
      Torri in Sabina
      Torricella in Sabina
      Turania
      Vacone
      Varco Sabino

  • Roma
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      Allumiere
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      Anzio
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      Artena
      Bellegra
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      Frascati
      Gallicano nel Lazio
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      Genazzano
      Genzano di Roma
      Gerano
      Gorga
      Grottaferrata
      Guidonia Montecelio
      Jenne
      Labico
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      Lanuvio
      Lariano
      Licenza
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      Mandela
      Manziana
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      Marcellina
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      Mentana
      Monte Compatri
      Monte Porzio Catone
      Monteflavio
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      Monterotondo
      Montorio Romano
      Moricone
      Morlupo
      Nazzano
      Nemi
      Nerola
      Nettuno
      Olevano Romano
      Palestrina
      Palombara Sabina
      Percile
      Pisoniano
      Poli
      Pomezia
      Ponzano Romano
      Riano
      Rignano Flaminio
      Riofreddo
      Rocca Canterano
      Rocca di Cave
      Rocca di Papa
      Rocca Priora
      Rocca Santo Stefano
      Roccagiovine
      Roiate
      Roma
      Roviano
      Sacrofano
      Sambuci
      San Cesareo
      San Gregorio da Sassola
      San Polo dei Cavalieri
      San Vito Romano
      Santa Marinella
      Sant'Angelo Romano
      Sant'Oreste
      Saracinesco
      Segni
      Subiaco
      Tivoli
      Tolfa
      Torrita Tiberina
      Trevignano Romano
      Vallepietra
      Vallinfreda
      Valmontone
      Velletri
      Vicovaro
      Vivaro Romano
      Zagarolo

  • Viterbo
    • Acquapendente
      Arlena di Castro
      Bagnoregio
      Barbarano Romano
      Bassano in Teverina
      Bassano Romano
      Blera
      Bolsena
      Bomarzo
      Calcata
      Canepina
      Canino
      Capodimonte
      Capranica
      Caprarola
      Carbognano
      Castel Sant'Elia
      Castiglione in Teverina
      Celleno
      Cellere
      Civita Castellana
      Civitella d'Agliano
      Corchiano
      Fabrica di Roma
      Faleria
      Farnese
      Gallese
      Gradoli
      Graffignano
      Grotte di Castro
      Ischia di Castro
      Latera
      Lubriano
      Marta
      Montalto di Castro
      Monte Romano
      Montefiascone
      Monterosi
      Nepi
      Onano
      Oriolo Romano
      Orte
      Piansano
      Proceno
      Ronciglione
      San Lorenzo Nuovo
      Soriano nel Cimino
      Sutri
      Tarquinia
      Tessennano
      Tuscania
      Valentano
      Vallerano
      Vasanello
      Vejano
      Vetralla
      Vignanello
      Villa San Giovanni in Tuscia
      Viterbo
      Vitorchiano

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Lazio Airports
Lazio National Parks
Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park
Circeo National Park
The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park
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