Wishing that Wish at Trevi Fountain in Rome

Trevi Fountain in Rome it is undoubtedly the most beautiful fountain of Rome. The best part is you can see it for free. After standing in queues and paying up for tickets this was a welcome sight and the best one in Rome. We visited Trevi Fountain at twilight hour at the end of our self guided walking tour through Rome. Sun was withdrawing its rays and the lamps around were beginning to take over the role of glorifying the fountain’s beauty.

The mix of the sound of falling water and the oohs and aahs of the tourists around was strangely very pleasing to my audio senses. You have to almost crawl over the crowds to reach the fountain and squeeze yourself to sit over the edge of the fountain. Of course tourists around understand. And yes, I too tossed a coin into the fountain with a hope to revisit this great city again.

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Icons of Trevi Fountain in Rome

The figures are of Oceanus at center, Tritons on either sides. Of the two, one on right is trying to control an unruly seahorse. The seahorse in the left is more tamed. They symbolize the two contrasting moods of the sea. In the niches flanking Oceanus, Abundance spills water from her urn and Salubrity holds a cup from which a snake drinks.

Abundance at Trevi Fountain

Abundance at right of Oceanus spills water from her urn

Salubrity at Trevi Fountain

Salubrity to left of Oceanus holds a cup from which a snake drinks

Legend around Wish at Trevi Fountain in Rome

  • The movie from 1954 “Three Coins in the Fountain” has inspired many to throw coins and wish at Trevi Fountain in Rome. People believe that first coin guarantees your return to Rome. Second coin will ensure a new romance, and the third will ensure marriage. (So if you are already married throw just one coin in Trevi Fountain.)
  • This tradition dates back to the ancient Romans. They threw coins in water to make the gods of water favor their journey or help them get back home safely.
  • Prior to that tradition there was the belief that a glass of the fresh, thirst quenching water from the Trevi Fountain would ensure good fortune and a fast return to Rome.
  • Another good reason to throw a coin into Trevi Fountain is that your money goes into charity. It is a good deed after all!
  • People throw coins with right hand over left shoulder, though it is not clear why.

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31 Responses to “Wishing that Wish at Trevi Fountain in Rome

  • seriously the crowd here is maddening. you must be there between the hours of 1 am and 4 am i guess to get a full shot of this wondrous fountain.

  • Thank you for showing us the representation of the sea's two moods.

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  • Wow, look at that crowd! It reminds me of the Angkor Wat temple, people are just everywhere and you tend to brush elbows with the masses as you go through just to get a good glimpse of the temple!

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  • There does seem to be some very special places that are almost never free of the "maddening crowd"! Terrific captures in spite of the crowd, Indrani! It is indeed an awesome sight! Thanks for sharing, as always! Hope your week is off to a great start!


  • So many great things to photograph in Rome. Battling the crowd must not have been too much fun, though.

  • This certainly is beautiful and interesting fountain.

  • how long did you stay in Italy?

  • I've heard so much about this amazing fountain that it is good to see your pictures. Thank you.

  • Hi Indrani


    thanks for sharing

  • Ah – a wonderful sight indeed!

  • Oh my, look at the crowd! Besides the beauty and splendor of Rome, I hope there are no pickpocketers amidst the crowd.

    I wish I was there!

  • Brilliant photos.

  • Beautiful! I've noticed you have many photos from Italy. Are you studying there or working there?

  • Lovely photos of the beautiful buildings and statues. Nice place to visit.

  • It's lovely, isn't it? Easy to understand why the tourists flock there to see and photograph.

    Rome is one of my favorite cities.

  • I visited the fountain during the day. But I imagine twilight would add a new mystical dimension to the scene.

  • These are lovely captures and some nice lessons in art and mythology too.

  • Ohhhh wonderful shot!!!

  • Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures of the Trevi's Fountain! It's a nice place to visit indeed!

  • I can look for hours 🙂
    Its a beauty !!!!

    Amazing shots Indrani


  • Om my blog I saw your new post
    from a VERY funny face 😉
    But its not here !!!!!
    Blogger is not working always perfectly 😛

    He looks very special with his lonngggg thin beard

  • Utterly gorgeous. That someone could conceive this and execute it just about blows me away.

  • One of my favorite places irrespective of the crowds. There is just something about it, especially at night.

  • Trevi is definitely a highlight of every Rome visit! Too bad it’s so darn crowded though 🙂

  • So beautiful! No surprise to see a thick dense of people flocking it. My friend was out and about at the wee hours and was able to take a crowd-less photo of the Trevi!

  • This is a very sweet article – and I of course did throw a coin, too (and actually I came back to Rome, just like they say). I really like your explanations, and you did a good job taking pictures avoiding the crowds – I know how hard that is…. Happy travels!

  • We also threw a coin into the Trevi Fountain when we visited Rome a couple of years ago. But I didn’t know that the money goes into charity. So cool!

  • I too tossed a coin in the Trevi on my first visit to Rome. It has now become a bit of fun for us to go back whenever we visit especially knowing that the money goes to a good cause/

  • We have fond memories of Rome’s Trevi Fountain. It’s a gorgeous must-see in the Eternal City without a doubt. I hope you enjoyed visiting some of Rome’s other free fountains! They have lots to choose from and enjoy.

  • I always thought that the fountain is too big for that square or the square is too small for that fountain . . . it is always the same with baroque architecture /sculpture! Thanks for describing the sculptures around and the legends behind, I only knew that money goes to red cross

  • I always knew about the beautiful Trevi fountain or coin fountain in Rome. But the representation of sea moods by those amazing sculptures is really new and interesting. I loved how interesting you have made this post. Your pictures are amazing,

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