I hope to share some of my travel experiences and photos on this blog. Let’s start the adventure…
We went on a two-week tour of Italy in September 2011. It was my second time to Italy but my husband’s first. I fell in love with Italy when I first went there in 1996 on a backpacking trip with my friend Jenny. I didn’t think it would take me 15 years to go back but it was worth the wait. We went in September hoping to beat the summer crowd and the heat but it didn’t make much difference. There were still a lot of people. The weather was unusually warm for the first 2 weeks of September as the temperature climbed to the low to mid 30’s C. Guess that was better than rain.
Our first stop in our guided tour is the famous baroque style Trevi Fountain or Fontana di Trevi. This fountain takes my breath away every time I see it. To get an idea of scale, the fountain is approximately 85 feet high and 160 feet wide.
When we got there early in the morning, there were people cleaning the fountain. All coins thrown into the fountain are collected and donated to charity. There is a tradition that if you throw one coin into the fountain, you will return to Rome. You have to toss it over your shoulder with your back to the fountain. Needless to say, I should have thrown one 15 years ago when I was there because it took me 15 years to go back. On the other hand, I eventually made it back without having thrown a coin. At the end of the day, the money goes to a good cause. So go ahead and toss one next time you’re in Rome… if you can get through the crowds!
Here are some close-up details of this fountain.
It’s a little hard to read on the photo below but “the inscription on the attic says: CLEMENS XII PONT. MAX. AQUAM VIRGINEM COPIA ET SALUBRITATE COMMENDATAM CULTO MAGNIFICO ORNAVIT ANNO DOMINI MDCCXXXV PONT VI. Translation: Clemens XII Pontifex Maximus decorated the Virgin Acqueduct and committed it with abundance and salubrity to the magnific cult in the Year of the Lord 1735, 6th year of his pontificat. The inscription just below says: PERFECIT BENEDICTUS XIV PONT. MAX. Translation: Benedict XIV Pontifex Maximus made perfect.” (http://www.trevifountain.net/description2.htm)
At the centre of the fountain is the statue of Ocean carved Pietro Bracci, approximately 16 feet high:
Some of the statues and reliefs on the sides:
Head on to http://www.trevifountain.net for more information!