Sunday, July 07, 2013

Italia a novembre: Fontana di Trevi

Fontana di Trevi (Picture Source: Wikipedia)
It's good to start with the hope to return. Come November, I will be landing in Rome and that will not be the end of it.
Toss a Coin
Popular tradition holds that if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, you will return to Rome. Facing away from the fountain, hold the coin in your right hand, and toss it over your left shoulder.
I may not be allowed to frolic in the fountain, as Anita Ekberg once did in Fellini's La Dolce Vita but toss a coin I will to ensure my return to the Eternal City. I loved this classic clip from YouTube.

The sound of water is audible before the Fontana di Trevi comes into view. According to the travel guide, this fountain is always crowded but I'm not sure how it'd be in November. The fountain was completed in 1762; depicted in the picture is the muscular sea god Neptune on a shell chariot. The entire scene is set against the back of Palazzo Polli. At the sides of the main scene are statues representing health (right) and abundance (left), symbols of the properties of water.