Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

There are a vast number of famous locations in Rome, all of which are typically crowded late into the evening. Places like the Spanish Steps and here, the Trevi Fountain. It is a beautiful extravagance, and very entertaining watching the tourists hanging out at the fountain. I was surprised by the size of the fountain, it is much bigger than I anticipated, but given it’s history, I suppose that it’s in keeping with the important role in the life of the city this area has played. It is purported to be the largest baroque fountain in the city, spilling 80,000 cubic metres of water a day!

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

The big centerpiece statue I assumed was Neptune. A modicum of research revealed that it actually represents Oceanus, a more primal deity. What I love about this fountain is that it has a natural form with real rocks forming the base for the statuary. It makes the Trevi fountain less formal and more like a natural feature, in stark contrast with the surrounding city.

We only got a chance to visit the Trevi fountain late in the evening on a whistle stop tour. While I’m not a fan of Rome, I would like to go back and have a more relaxed visit to spend some time exploring and shooting without the pressure of seeing as much as possible in as short amount of time. Is this a tourist in the true sense of the word?

More to come…..

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