The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy is one of the most famous fountains in the world. Legend says that if you toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, you will return to Rome. Nicola Salvi designed the fountain which was completed in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini.
The fountain is set against the Palazzo Poli with its tall Corinthian columns. The fountain itself depicts the taming of the waters, with Oceanus riding in a shell chariot drawn by hippocamps, seahorses of a sort, with the forequarters of horses and fishlike tails. Two Tritons guide the hippocamps, one of which is restless as a wild sea and the other is calm as a tranquil ocean. To one side of Oceanus stands Abundance with a horn of plenty and a vase from which water flows. To the other side stands Health, holding a bowl from which a snake drinks.
Not far from the Trevi Fountain there is what appears to be a private residence with a statue of a Roman Centurion reclining.
Further on stands the Basilica of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte which was completed in 1826 and dedicated to Saint Andrew. This basilica is home to two sculptures of angels originally designed by Bernini for the Ponte Sant’Angelo.
Detail of the Trevi Fountain
SOURCE: The Trevi Fountain (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 11 August 2011.
The Trevi Fountain and the Palazzo Poli
SOURCE: The Trevi Fountain and the Palazzo Poli (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 11 August 2011.
Courtyard Sculpture in Rome
SOURCE: Courtyard Sculpture in Rome (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 11 August 2011.
Sant’Andrea delle Fratte
SOURCE: Sant’Andrea delle Fratte (Rome, Lazio, Italy); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 11 August 2011.
Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko