The Trevi Fountain in Italy is one of the most beautiful fountains in the world. Good Luck getting close to it! If you plan on visiting the Trevi Fountain in Italy during the summer months, our advice is to get there early in the morning. We are not talking 8: 00 or 9:00 AM early, we mean 6:00 AM early. Every tourist attraction in Italy during the summer months is extremely crowded, but the Trevi Fountain is the most crowded of them all. It’s not that it’s the most visited tourist attraction in Italy, it’s because of the simple fact that there is not a great deal of space between the Trevi Fountain and the buildings that surround it. Therefore, if you want a comfortable viewing experience and are headed there during the summer months, get there very early in the morning.
We are not trying to talk anyone out of visiting the Trevi Fountain. It is one of the most jaw dropping sights we have ever seen. However our first experience visiting the fountain was ruined because of the immense crowds at the fountain around midday. Our second visit to the fountain was an extraordinary experience because we got there at 6:00 am in the morning. However, by 7:00 am it had started getting crowded already. Nonetheless, when you visit the Trevi Fountain that early in the morning, you are able to get close to the fountain and breath in the history that surrounds the area without being bombarded by selfies sticks and cellphones hitting you in the face from all angles.
At 6:00 am in the morning you can hear the wonderful sounds of the Trevi Fountain. The water flowing freely from the majestic statue is mesmerizing as the sounds of the birds singing all around you sweetens the experience even more. At midday, all you hear are people shouting at each other. In the morning it’s the pleasant sounds of nature and the occasional sweeping of a broom from the street cleaners. It’s amazing how different the experience can be depending on what time one arrives at the Trevi Fountain.
If you can’t make it to the Trevi Fountain in the morning, save your visit to the fountain for the evening hours. While the crowds in the evening are still pretty intense, there are a little lighter than they are at midday. Visiting the Trevi Fountain in the evening is a very different experience from seeing it during daylight hours. At night the crowds are much younger. There are no tours at night. The beauty of the Trevi Fountain at night is augmented by the wonderful music that is played by the Trevi Fountain. The artificial lighting of the fountain is extraordinary in the evening. It will be a sight that you will never forget.
There are many restaurants and food stands surrounding the Trevi Fountain. Most of them are very expensive. However the gelato stands in the square serve some incredible varieties of the famous Italian dessert. The gelato is well worth the money. We recommend the cups because that gelato will melt out of your cone almost instantly during the summer months. It’s so hot in Italy during July and August. If you are going to eat in the area surrounding the Trevi Fountain, we highly recommend the Baccano Restaurant. The food is fabulous there and you can sit outside in the shade under a tent which serves as a wonderful dining experience. The restaurant is located on the corner of Via delle Muratte. It’s just about a 2 minute walk from the Trevi Fountain.
Witnessing in person the extraordinary sights in Rome such as The Trevi Fountain is a tremendous experience. However when one understand the history behind the sights the exposure to the sights is completely enhanced. We noticed many people reading descriptions of the Trevi Fountain while they were there. That’s a waste of time. You need to enjoy the experience first hand. Don’t waste your time reading about what your seeing while you are there. You need to prepare for your visit by doing your research beforehand. If you already understand the amazing history behind the sights that you are looking at, your body will have a chilling experience once you see it in person. Take this advice seriously, it will really have a great impact on your visit. Research will not ruin the experience, it will completely glorify it.
History Of The Trevi Fountain
You do not have to become a scholar. Just research some simple facts. For example…. Many people assume because so much of Ancient Rome was built between 500 BC and 500 AD,that places like the Trevi Fountain were built around the same time. However, the construction of the Trevi Fountain did not begin until 1732. It took thirty years for the Trevi Fountain to be completed. The Trevi Fountain is considered a Roman Baroque masterpiece. The Trevi Fountain was designed by the famous Italian sculptor and architect Nicola Salvi. During the construction of the Trevi Fountain Nicial Slavi passed away. The work on the Trevi Fountain was then handed over to Giuseppe Pannin to complete. Pannin completed the work in 1762.
At the center of the Trevi Fountain is the sculpture of Oceanus. The beautiful Pietro Bracci’s statue is standing above a chariot being pulled by a squadron of Sea Lions. At that point in the Trevi Fountain, the sculpture stands at eighty five feet high. The entire width of the Trevi Found runs about 160 feet from end to end. The water that flows from the Trevi Fountain stems from the Acqua Vergine Aqueduct.
If you plan on visiting Rome at anytime on your life, you will want to include a trip to the Trevi Fountain. It is a magnificent work of art that dazzles anyone who stands in front of it. If you can’t schedule your trip to the fountain early in the morning, wait until the evening hours. However, if you are visiting Rome during the offseason in the winter months, any time of day is fine. Let us know what you think.
All photos Brian Kachejian ©2018