Fontana di Trevi: introduction
There is hardly a tourist who visits Rome without stopping to admire the majesty of the Trevi Fountain, a monument known throughout the world, where to throw a coin in the waters is said to guarantee the owner's return to the "eternal city".
Based on the design of Nicola Salvi, the Trevi Fountain takes the sea for its inspiration with a huge shell drawn by sea horses in their turn led by tritons and the statue of the Ocean by Pietro Bracci, whilst in niches on either side are the statues of Abundance and Wealth by Filippo Della Valle.
The Trevi Fountain is the perfect example of the marriage of baroque sculpture and architecture, an aquatic masterpiece which becomes even more captivating at night when it is illuminated. In the immediate vicinity of the Trevi Fountain one finds the Colonna gallery, the Doria Pamphilj Gallery, the Church of St Ignazio, the Church of the Apostles and the Church of St Marcello al Corso