The last section of the Acqua Vergine aqueductDating from the Baroque period, this fountain is one of the world's most famous. It was commissioned by the Pope, who wanted to modernize the previous medieval fountain of dubious beauty. More than 250 years old, the fountain attracts crowds of tourists who throw money into it during their stay so that, as legend has it, they can return to Rome. In 2016 alone, a whopping €1.4 million was collected at the fountain's bottom.
1.The Trevi Fountain is located in Rome in the Rione Trevi.
Rione are the administrative units into which central Rome's area is divided.
2.On the site of the present fountain, there was an older one, dating back to 1435.
Because of its uninteresting appearance, Pope Urban VIII commissioned the Italian master Gian Lorenzo Bernini to design possible reconstruction variants. Unfortunately, the project was not realized because the Pope died in 1644.
3.Another initiator of the fountain reconstruction was Pope Clement XIII, who in 1732 announced a competition for a new fountain design.
4.Finally, it was decided to realize the Italian architect Niccolo Salvi's design.
5.Salvi did not live to see the fountain's completion. He died in 1751.
The work was completed by four other sculptors: Pietro Bracci, Filippo della Valle, Giovanni Grossi and Andrea Bergondi. The work was supervised by the architect Giuseppe Pannini.
6.The construction of the new fountain lasted from 1735 to 1776.
7.The official opening of the Trevi Fountain took place on May 22, 1762, by Pope Clement XIII.
8.Most of the fountain was made of travertine, obtained from a quarry 35 kilometers south of Rome.
9.The fountain measures 26.3 by 49.15 meters.
10.It is supplied with water by an aqueduct built in 19 BC.