If you visit Rome, one of the first things in your to-do list will be visiting the Trevi Fountain, known in Italian as the Fontana di Trevi, probably the most famous fountain in the world. Built in 1762, it is the main of the many monumental fountains of the city of Rome (it has more than 50!), and it was designed by Italian architects Nicola Salvo and Pietro Bracci. It is located in the point where three streets convey, which was the end of Aqua Virgo, one of the main aqueducts that provided water to the city.
The story of the Trevi Fountain goes way back: there is a legend that says that a mysterious lady told general Agrippa that there was a spring of water outside the city. Then, Agrippa built an aqueduct that he called Acqua Virgo in her honour, and that was finished in year 19 AD. The Roman custom to build a magnificent fountain at the end of the aqueducts was resumed in the 15th century, when Pope Nicholas V ordered the construction of the fountain. But later on, in 1629, Pope Urban III started inquiring for further renovations, since he didn’t find the fountain dramatic enough. The competitions among the architects would last for years.
Nowadays, we have a magnificent baroque fountain that receives visits from all over the world. Don’t forget to go see its beauty.
If you book one of our apartments near the Trevi Fountain you will be in the rione II of Rome, called the rione of Trevi. Rione is the word used to name the neighbourhoods or districts of Rome, and the Trevi in particular is thought to owe its name to the Latin name Trivium, which means “three streets”.
Rione Trevi was already a district in ancient Rome, so you will be walking through a neighbourhood that is millenniums old as you visit the Trevi Fountain. During the Roman Empire, the neighbours were both private and public men: there were private houses as well as public buildings that hosted part of the public life of the city. Nowadays, there are some locals who do live in rione Trevi, but still, the neighbours of the apartments near the Trevi Fountain will be mostly tourists.
The Trevi Fountain is very close to Via del Corso, one of the main shopping streets in the centre of Rome. There, you will find all sorts of clothing shops from major brands such as Zara, and you will also find a Disney Store so the little ones in the family can have their own shopping time. Besides, in Via del Corso you will find the Galleria Alberto Sordi, a wonderful shopping arcade where you can find exclusive Italian shops. Besides, it’s worth going even if you don’t really want to buy anything: The building where the shopping centre is located, a wonderful masterpiece in Art Nouveau from 1922, is a real delight. You will love its glass ceilings!
Usually, all European capitals have an extensive underground system that makes it really easy to move around. Unfortunately, that is not the case of Rome: It does have a metro, but due to bureaucratic issues and the fact that more remains were found underground during the works to build it, the overall system ended up being much more limited. Still, there are some stations around that you can use if you need to go somewhere else, but the combinations are scarce. However, from the Trevi Fountain you can go directly to Vatican City. Near the apartments near the Trevi Fountain, you will find the metro stop Barberini. You can travel until Ottaviano and you will be at walking distance from St. Peter’s Basilica.
Still, the best way to move around Rome is by foot. Such a magnificent city has beautiful things to discover in every corner. You can dedicate a day to every part of it so you don’t miss anything! Close to the Trevi Fountain, you will find several important monuments, such as the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps or Piazza Navona.
If you stay in the apartments near the Trevi Fountain, the main thing you will do, of course, will be visiting the fountain itself. You must be familiar with the ritual that all those who visit the fountain take part in: Throwing a coin into the water of the fountain! But why do we do it, though? Well, there are a couple of explanations. The first legend says that if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain you will go back to the city of Rome someday, and the second one is even more interesting. It says that you have to throw three coins into the fountain, to ensure three different things: your return to Rome, a new love, and a marriage. If you don’t believe in the ritual, you can throw in a coin for a good cause: The city council collects them every day so they are not stolen, and uses them to finance a supermarket for the poor.
Near the Trevi Fountain, you will also find some beautiful attractions to visit: Lively Piazza Navona, the majestic Spanish Steps, the Pantheon or the Quirinal Palace, among others – because Rome is full of landmarks!
The Trevi Fountain is among the little streets of the rione II of Rome, and there are tons of little restaurants and cafés where you can sit and have a meal. One of them is L’Antico Forno di Fontana di Trevi, a great old bakery where you can get both sweet and savoury treats: Pizzas, focaccias or typical Italian pastries. It is great for breakfast, lunch or as a snack any time of the day!
You can order a great dish of pasta in the restaurant Hosteria Trevi da Aldo e Armando, where you will enjoy good wine and yummy food in a cosy and home-like atmosphere. For dinner, we recommend La Fontana di Venere, a fancier restaurant that offers Italian and Mediterranean food, or Tamerici and Vineria il Chianti, a wine bar wonderful for dinner.
And what about an ice cream in the sunny afternoon? There are several great options around the Trevi Fountain, such as Melograno or Gelateria Valentino. Enjoy!
Nightlife around the Trevi Fountain is incredibly unique – in fact, lively, chaotic Rome offers one of the most particular nights in Europe. The Italians stay up later than other Europeans, and the tourists get that sort of insomnia when visiting Rome. No matter what time you decide to have dinner, there will be people in the plazas, bars and pubs open, illuminated monuments and magic in the air.
One of the best things you can do in this area is to slowly walk towards the apartments near Trevi Fountain so you can enjoy the beauty of this area of the city. And you can make a stop to have a drink on your way! Try the Antica Birreria Peroni, the Public House or the Pub Cuccagna – but there are many more around!