So the day before we came here with beautiful water flowing from the fountain, we stumbled upon it while it was being cleaned. Alas no water.
We were a bit disappointed but understood that something this beautiful must be maintained. However the next day after we saw the Pantheon, we found that the water had been replaced in all of its glory.
Whitney and I managed to get some pictures in of the fountain, but it definitely a tourist spot. Lots of groups of people were coming and going, but as you can see the beauty of it and its enormous size!
The fountain sits at the junction of three roads. Supposedly sometime in 19 BC, a virgin helped the people building the found locate a pure water source. I did not see this scene, but it is on the fountains facade. The fountain served the Romans for over 400 years.
We threw our coins into the fountain as tradition has done now for some time. I did not know about over the left shoulder, but my intention was good. Supposedly your supposed through the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder. Who knew?
At any rate, I think it was sort of cool and different that we were able to see the fountain both dry and flowing. It truly is an amazing work of art. A bit of advice….
- Check the internet on the best times to visit the fountain. If states to go early or later in the day then do it.
- The tourists are their with the numerous guides, the are EVERYWHERE! It makes it hard to really enjoy the fountain.
- I know your a tourist, but be the one who does it a bit different
The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps luckily for us were not incredibly busy at that particular moment. There seemed to be an event they were setting up for that day and we sort of got caught in the middle of the set up and the potentially large crowd to come.
These “Spanish Steps” are steps in Rome, not Spain. They are in between the Piazza di Spagna and the Piazza Trinità dei Monti. The Trinità dei Monti is the church at the top of the steps. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Steps
This stairway or steps were built in the 1720’s by money from a french man named Etienne Gueffier. The church was under the patronage of the Bourbon Kings of France, hence the french mans funds.
What we though was so cool is how they are slanted slightly. Surely for water to run off and not puddle. The Romans were very good architects.
There is so much beauty in Rome, Italy for that matter and to find really cool and “famous” things along the way is such a treat. Whitney wanted to see them before we left and I did not understand the “hype”, but when we found them, I was on board with being a total tourist and was so glad she wanted to come here.
Make sure you see:
- Trevi Fountain
- Spanish Steps
- The Vatican
- Tiber River
- Take some tours throughout the city
- Have fun doing this, don’t rush!
As always, comments or corrections are appreciated!