The Trevi Fountain, as well as the many others scattered across Rome, will be one of the most beautiful memories you will take with you from the Eternal City. Indeed, every corner of Rome has a fountain or Nasone, the characteristic public drinking water fountain. Water has always been important in Rome: large aqueducts ensure the water supply and splendid fountains provide prestige for the popes and noble Roman families who built them in great numbers. Here are the most famous.
The Trevi Fountain. 20 meters wide and 26 high, it is the largest and most scenic fountain in Rome, as well as probably being the most famous fountain in the world. Its ancient origins date back to the era of Emperor Augustus, but the fountain as we now see it dates back to the eighteenth century. Make sure to throw a coin into the fountain's waters to ensure that you will one day return to Rome.
La Barcaccia. At the foot of the Spanish Steps, in the heart of Piazza di Spagna, a boat seems to emerge from the pavement: it is the Barcaccia, a fountain that spouted from the creative genius of the Bernini father and son. Built in 1629, it was necessary to set it below street level to compensate for the low-pressure aqueduct that would have otherwise prevented the water from spouting properly and was fittingly given the shape of a rising (or sinking) boat.
The Fountain of the Four Rivers. Built in 1647, this magnificent fountain in the center of Piazza Navona is a symbol of the four great rivers of that period: the Ganges, Nile, Danube, and Rio della Plata. It dominates the piazza with its gigantic size, each river represented by a human figure that emerges from the roaring waters surrounded by fantastic animals.
The Turtle Fountain. A masterpiece of the late Renaissance, this fountain is located in the small Piazza Mattei. Made of bronze and precious marbles, it takes its name from its elegant turtles, playthings for the four ephebes that make up the fountain. Allow for a few moments of silence to hear the celestial music produced by the falling water.