My Life - So Far

"Unbounded ambition makes an obscure existence simply impossible for me"
Lucien de Rubempré

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Rome III

Going to Rome and not seeing the Fontana di Trevi would be a sin as it is one of the most famous fountains in the world. It gained fame due to Anita Ekberg night bath in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. A current legend is reported that it is lucky to throw coins with one's right hand over one's right shoulder into the Fontana di Trevi. Throwing one coin in will ensure that the thrower will return to Rome. Throwing two coins ensures that the thrower will fall in love with a beautiful Roman girl (or handsome boy), and throwing three coins ensures that the thrower will marry that girl or boy in Rome.
For the curious in you: I threw just one coin...

In 1730, Pope Clement XII organized a contest to build a fountain. Nicola Salvi actually lost — but was given the job anyway. Work began in 1732 and was finished in 1762, long after Clement's death.
The backdrop for the fountain is the Palazzo Poli, in the center is superimposed a triumphal arch so the fountain is 26m in hight and almost 20m wide.


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