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The Trevi Fountain is the largest and most famous fountain of Rome, though not the oldest. A fountain was first built in 19 B.C. by Marco Vipsanio Agrippa in order to bring water through an aqueduct to the thermal baths near the Pantheon. According one legend, the aqueduct was named “Virgin Water” in honor of a little girl who told thirsty soldiers of Agrippa where to find a source of water previously undiscovered.

In 1453, Pope Nicholas V ordered Battista Alberti to construct a fountain in the “Trejo” neighborhood (which later became Trevi). With this new fountain, Romans got used to spring water instead of water from the Tiber River. Over the years, there were more changes and some renovations.

Things to see

The Trevi Fountain that we know today was not built until 1735 by Nicolo Salvi under the orders of Pope Clement XII, the construction process lasting for 23 years. The decorations were actually realized by several of Bernini’s assistants. On the left we see Agrippa who presents the first aqueduct project to the Roman Emperor Augustus. On the right we see the meeting between Augustus soldiers and the virgin who showed them the spring. In the middle under the vault of his palace, Neptune stands on an oyster carriage pulled by two flying horses which are pulled by tritons.

A popular legend claims that if you throw a coin in the fountain while facing away from it, you will undoubtedly return to the Eternal City. Another legend refers to Trevi as the lovers’ fountain and claims that if couples drink from its water, they will stay faithful. Unfortunately, the water that feeds the Trevi Fountain is no longer safe for consumption.

A theory says that the famous custom of throwing coin in the fountain started when Ancient Greeks had to pay for their final trip. Another theory says it was a payment in order to come back to the Eternal City and if the coin sank, it meant the payment was accepted. Nowadays, around one million Euros are thrown into the fountain each year. Because this custom attracted thieves, City Hall decided to collect coins every morning and give the resulting money to charity organizations.

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TOUR DURATION

3 Hours

START TIME

09:30 AM

02:30 PM

MON,TUE, WED, Thu, Fri, Sat

MEETING POINT

piazza navona, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Explore Rome’s history with one of ours expert guides. Get lost into the charming ancient streets while discovering the Eternal City’s most famous landmarks and monuments.

Meet your guide at the designated meeting point.

Start this three hours walk from the Unique Piazza Navona famous for the Fountain of the Four Rivers, with its Egyptian obelisk, and the church Sant’Agnese in Agone. The surface of the Piazza shows its baroque soul while its true face is buried underground. Heading north you will reach the Stadio Domiziano. This is what Piazza Navona was: a Roman Stadium. The Emperor Domitian established the fest dedicated to Jupiter and dedicated this stadium to the celebrative shows.

A quick walk and the tour will bring you to visit the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi famous for the cycle of paintings dedicated to St. Matthew’s life by the Baroque genius Caravaggio.

The visit continues toward the Pantheon, one of the best preserved buildings from Ancient Rome.

The tour will now bring you to enjoy the Baroque Church of St. Ignazio dedicated to the founder of the Society of Jesus. A unique feature characterizes this church: as a result of a money shortage the Jesuit hired a painter to depict the dome.

Discover the grandiose Trevi Fountain and, as all visitors do, toss a coin to guarantee your return to this splendid city. The tour ends here.

Now that you are free stop by one of Rome’s many ice cream shops and enjoy a mouth-watering gelato! Otherwise keep walking through Via delle Muratte and reach Via del Corso where you can stroll around like many Romans do.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Expert local guide at disposal (3 hours)

– Entrance Fees at Stadio Domiziano

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Visit of Stadio Domiziano

– Visit of Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

– Visit of Church of St. Ignazio

– Visit of The Pantheon

– Piazza Navona

– Trevi Fountain

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in churches. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.

Departure point:
Piazza Navona

Duration:
3 hours

Return details:
Trevi Fountain