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Located in central Rome in Trevi rione the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is one of Rome's most iconic attractions. The Baroque styled fountain is the largest in Rome measuring almost 20m wide by 26m high. It was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1730 and construction began in 1732. It wasn't until 30 years later, in 1762, that the fountain was completed.
The name Trevi is derived from the junction of the three roads (tre vie) that intersect at the fountain and the fountain's design, 'Taming of the Waters', depicts Oceanus' shell chariot being guided by Tritons who are at the same time taming hippocampi - mythological beasts that are part horse and part fish.
The water cascading into the fountain comes from a first century BC underground aqueduct, the aqua virgo, the source of which is 13 km away but the water must travel 22 km to reach the fountain. Nowadays there are recirculating pumps.
The fountain underwent refurbishment in 1998 where years of pollution were scrubbed from the stonework. A well known Italian tradition is to toss a coin into the fountain which will ensure you'll return to 'the eternal city'. Another two coins tossed will result in your falling in love with and then marrying an Italian sweetheart. All money collected from the fountain (up to EU3,000 / day) is donated to charity.