You almost don’t expect to see such a beautiful corner among the Roman buildings. As soon as your eyes meet the magnificence of the Trevi Fountain, it is impossible not to be enchanted. Discover an experience that will show and tell you about the beauties of the capital, including this wonderful masterpiece.
Scenic, monumental… If you’re in Rome, a visit to the Trevi Fountain is a must, and learning about the architecture and history of this 18th-century masterpiece is a great way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere that only the Eternal City can offer.
Discover this beautiful corner of Rome and follow our advice for a truly special visit to the capital.
- 0.1 Trevi Fountain. History and architecture.
- 0.2 Rome Golf Cart Private Tour. The experience
- 1 h2) Rome Golf Cart Private Tour. The experience
Trevi Fountain. History and architecture.
The Trevi Fountain has a very ancient origin.
Let’s discover the history and architecture of this corner of Rome that enchants even the most distracted visitor.
The stream of water that gushes out here is the last section of the Virgin Aqueduct dating back to the time of Emperor Augustus. It was 19 B.C. when the architect Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa arranged for the running water from the Salone spring basin to reach the Campo Marzio to supply the baths.
Almost 20 kilometres long, it is the only aqueduct still active today after more than 2000 years.
As early as 1640, Gian Lorenzo Bernini had been commissioned by Pope Urban VIII to design a fountain. The idea was for a simple construction: an exedra base with a basin in front, leaning against the buildings that were later incorporated into the Poli Palace.
The Trevi Fountain that we know today was built at the behest of Clement XII, who in 1732 held a competition in which the greatest artists of the time took part. Among them, the Pope chose Nicola Salvi’s project, which was the most monumental and defined as “less damaging to the palace behind”.
Constructed therefore by Nicola Salvi and Giuseppe Pannini between 1732 and 1762 in travertine, marble, plaster, stucco and metal, the fountain is named after a name that has been documented since the Middle Ages.
Its origin is traced back to a toponym (regio Trivii) that was already in use in the mid-12th century, although another tradition says it derives from the fact that the fountain that was originally there had a triple water outlet.
Description of the Trevi Fountain
20 metres in width by 26 metres in height, Trevi Fountain is the largest fountain in the city.
The theme of the composition is clearly the sea. The fountain is presented in a rectangular pool with rounded corners and a walkway on the sides. The stairway desired by Salvi means that the fountain is located just below the street level of the square. This was necessary to compensate for the difference in height between the two sides of the square itself.
The entire lower part of the palace has a scenography characterised by a rocky cliff with a niche bordered by columns in the centre, giving the idea of a great triumphal arch.
In the centre is a statue by Pietro Bracci depicting Ocean with a proud gaze and a muscular form. The deity is shown driving a shell-shaped chariot pulled by winged horses. Two smaller niches, to the side of the main one, are occupied on the left by the statue of Salubrity and on the right by that of Abundance, both by Filippo Della Valle.
Rome Golf Cart Private Tour. The experience
h2) Rome Golf Cart Private Tour. The experience
The Ryder Cup to be held in 2023 will be the perfect opportunity to visit Rome. That’s why choosing the right experience can be the way to fully enjoy the beauties of the Eternal City. Among those possible, we recommend you try the Rome Golf Cart Private Tour.
What does it consist of?
A tour, with the typical vehicle used to move around a golf course, which will allow you to admire some of the main attractions of Rome.
A half-day private golf cart tour that will start directly from your hotel where you will board the vehicle and an English-speaking guide will take you far and wide, showing you all the iconic sites of the Italian capital that you will encounter along the way such as Trevi Fountain, Campo de’ Fiori, Bocca della Verità, Colosseum, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and much more.
Interesting is the possibility to customise the tour by asking for stops that you would like to include in your visit. It is also possible to travel along the city’s lesser-known roads to explore some Rome’s beautiful corners. Stroll through the beauties of the capital, exploring or rediscovering the many places that have made the Eternal City famous throughout the world.
To make this very special tour even more enjoyable, there will also be plenty of time for a tasty treat, perhaps an ice cream or a special coffee.
As you have well understood, it doesn’t matter if you have already been to Rome or if it is the first time you are visiting it because the golf cart tour is for everyone an experience like no other to visit a unique place in the world like the Italian capital.