17. Trevi Fountain in Rome
In the maze of narrow meandering streets of Rome lies a sparkling gem that is said to have been a solemn example of baroque elegance and natural mastery of water — one of the most stunning fountains in the world and a work of art in a single whole.
The Trevi Fountain is not just a cold piece of marble, and a fountain with a history. One of the most valuable sights of Rome and Italy.
The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.
The fountain at the junction of three roads (tre vie) marks the terminal point of the «modern» Acqua Vergine, the revived Aqua Virgo, one of the aqueducts that supplied water to ancient Rome. In 19 BC, supposedly with the help of a virgin, Roman technicians located a source of pure water some 13 km (8.1 mi) from the city. (This scene is presented on the present fountain’s façade.) However, the eventual indirect route of the aqueduct made its length some 22 km (14 mi). This Aqua Virgo led the water into the Baths of Agrippa. It served Rome for more than 400 years.