02 February 2006

Fontana di Trevi


The Wishing Fountain.Today warm and sunny day. Fontana di Trevi ,at the bottom of the street, backed by the façade of the Palazzo Poli, (have a look of the first image posted on this web) looms the most stunning of the fountains of Rome: the central figure, the Ocean (by Pietro Bracci) is shown dominating sea horses guided by Tritons, while in the niches on either side are the figures of Abundance (on the left) and Health (on the right), both by Filippo della Valle.

Bernini had initially been commissioned by Urban VIII to construct a monumental fountain, but the project had been abandoned after the Popes' death. It was Nicola Salvi, almost a century later, who was to build this ensemble on the site of one of Rome's earliest fountains designed to receive the water of the Aqua Virgo.

The bliss of returning to the Eternal City is guaranteed to all foreigners who, with their back turned, throw a coin over their shoulder into the fountain. (Before leaving the square be sure to look at the church of Santi Vincenzo ed Anastasio.

Cardinal Mazarin commissioned Martino Longhi the Younger to design the ornate Baroque façade, which was built between 1641 and 1650.)
Ph: © 2006, giovanni de angelis

9 comments:

Sidney said...

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Tomate Farcie said...

One of the most beautiful sites in Rome and my personal favorite! :)

Tomate Farcie said...

(By the way, I'm still getting the error message when I post a comment to your blog; feel free to email me if you want more details. I think I know where the problem is.)

michael said...

Last time I was there it was under repair - looks good now

bob said...

Great on a sunny day. Can feel the warmth of the sunlight.

Sidney said...

It went faster than expected. Your blog is now linked to mine under cityblogs.

Rodney said...

Great Shot! What time was this taken? When I went there the crowd was so huge I could not get very good shots.

Alexander said...

Buona foto. Spero di visitare Roma un giorno. È una città bella.

-Alexander
Trondheimdailyphoto.com

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