Visiting Rome

THE TREVI FOUNTAIN

(Italian: Fontana di Trevi) is a fountain in the Trevi rione in Rome, Italy. Standing 26 meters (85.3 feet) high and 20 meters (65.6 feet) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain is dominated by the powerful figure of Neptune (Oceanus), God of the Sea on a shell chariot pulled by tritons and sea horses. In the centre a robustly-modelled triumphal arch is superimposed on the palazzo façade. The centre niche or exedra framing Oceanus has free-standing columns for maximal light and shade. In the niches flanking Oceanus, Abundance spills water from her urn and Salubrity holds a cup from which a snake drinks. Above, bas reliefs illustrate the Roman origin of the aqueducts. The tritons and horses provide symmetrical balance, with the maximum contrast in their mood and poses. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. The fountain is also very popular because it was the setting for the iconic kiss scene in Federico Fellini’s film “La Dolce Vita” (1960) starring Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni.


PIAZZA DI SPAGNA

The Piazza di Spagna is one of the most popular and most visited meeting places in Rome. In the centre, there is the famous Fontana della Barcaccia, a small semisubmerged boat, built as a memorial to the 1598 Tiber’s flooding. From the fountain, tourista can admire the Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti) designed and carried out in the period between 1723 and 1726 by Francesco De Sanctis, as Pope Innocent XIII wished. Particularly in the spring, the Spanish Steps are rich in flower arrangements.

PANTHEON

Pantheon is one of the best preserved Roman buildings for its splendour and grandiosity. It was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as the temple to all the Gods of Ancient Rome in 27 B.C and it was rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian around 118 A.C. in its current forms.

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