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Thursday, 23 April 2015

T – Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain
The Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) is possibly one of the most recognisable landmarks in Rome and is always incredibly busy with tourists. You reach the fountain via a number of narrow roads, turning a corner to be greeted by an explosion of stone and water.

The fountain is actually the facade to the Palazzo Poli, but it’s the fountain most visitors want to see. It was here in Roman Holiday that Hepburn’s character had her hair cut and where Peck’s journalist attempted to borrow a camera from a young child (played by the daughter of the film’s producer and director, William Wyler), hoping to capture the most un-royal of moments. 

There can’t be many visitors who haven’t heard of the tradition of throwing a coin in the fountain, over a shoulder, wishing you will return to Rome. The money collected today is donated to charity. But who wouldn’t want to wish they’d return? The American secretaries in the 1953 film Three Coins in the Fountain certainly did. 


  1. I thought I wrote here yesterday:) I would want to throw a coin in-it reminds me of that film "Three Coins In The Fountain"

  2. Exactly! It's a beautiful fountain - film and photos can't do it justice.

  3. Used to play the 78 record of 'Three Coins in a Fountain' on a wind-up gramophone when I was a kid. So hearts and flowers romantic.

  4. You must have thrown a few coins in there in your time, Helen, judging by this blog!

  5. The Trevi Fountain is so beautiful! We loved it! -http://50andfabulousblog.blogspot.com

  6. Great photo. The photos from my first trip to Rome are old and fading. The next visit to the fountain was at night so the photos aren't great. And last summer the fountain was closed for restoration. But the coin toss worked twice for me!

    1. One of the worst (technically) photos I have of Rome is the Trevi at night. But seeing the fountain at night was so special and the photo captures the moment - three friends throwing their coins.

  7. How many times have you been, Helen? I know if I threw a coin backwards I'd rob ably take someone's eye out! It is exquisite.