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Rome: Spare a coin to ensure your return, or perhaps future love

Rome offers some of the most exciting sights in the world. A visit to the Trevi fountain can guarantee your return to the Italian capital.

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Nestled in the heart of Rome, amidst a labyrinth of cobblestone streets and ancient architecture, you find the Trevi Fountain, a symbol of grandeur, romance, and timeless beauty. This enchanting masterpiece has captivated visitors for centuries with its intricate sculptures, making it one of Rome's most iconic landmarks.

The Trevi Fountain stands at 26 meters (85 feet) high and 49 meters (161 feet) wide, making it the largest Baroque fountain in Rome.

Designed by Nicola Salvi and completed by Giuseppe Pannini in 1762, the Trevi Fountain boasts a symphony of mythical figures and elaborate reliefs. At its centre stands Oceanus, the Greek god of the sea, towering over the scene. To his sides are two Tritons, powerful marine deities blowing into seashells, and sculpted horses symbolize the chaotic nature of the sea.

The Trevi Fountain holds a captivating tradition that draws tourists and locals alike. Legend believes throwing a coin into the fountain ensures a return to Rome, while throwing two coins may lead to newfound love, and three coins are said to ensure marriage or divorce. Every day, countless visitors participate in this ritual.

Beyond the Trevi Fountain itself, the surrounding neighbourhood is worth exploring. Known as the Trevi District, it offers charming streets, quaint shops, and delightful trattorias. Take a leisurely stroll, discover hidden gems, and embrace the vibrant atmosphere of this picturesque Roman neighbourhood.

When finished exploring the Trevi district, numerous other attractions are waiting to be explored in its vicinity. Just a stone's throw away, you'll find the Pantheon—a majestic temple dedicated to the gods of Ancient Rome. Its awe-inspiring dome and grandeur make it a must-see destination.

Pantheon. Photo by Daniel Zbroja

For art enthusiasts, the Galleria Doria Pamphilj offers a fascinating collection of Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces. As you wander its opulent halls, you'll encounter works by renowned artists such as Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael.

The Spanish Steps beckon not far away, offering a picturesque spot to sit, relax, and soak in the atmosphere. Ascending the steps rewards you with a stunning view of Rome, and it's an ideal spot to indulge in people-watching.

The Spanish Steps. Photo by Daniel Zbroja

A short stroll from the Trevi Fountain lies the magnificent Piazza Navona. This bustling square is adorned with exquisite Baroque architecture. It features the stunning Fountain of the Four Rivers by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Venture a bit farther from the Trevi Fountain to discover the ancient heart of Rome. The Roman Forum is a sprawling archaeological site that was once the political, religious, and social centre of the Roman Empire. Explore the ruins of the ancient temples, basilicas, and government buildings, and ascend Palatine Hill for a breathtaking view of the Forum and the surrounding city.

The Roman Forum. Photo by Mauro Grazz

Situated on the Capitoline Hill, the Capitoline Museums house an extraordinary collection of ancient Roman art and artefacts. Marvel at renowned sculptures, including the iconic Capitoline Wolf, the colossal statue of Constantine the Great, and an impressive array of ancient Roman busts and statues. The museums also offer stunning panoramic views of the Roman Forum and the cityscape.

For a tranquil escape from the bustling city, head to Villa Borghese Gardens. This sprawling park offers lush greenery, beautiful gardens, and picturesque paths. Visit the Galleria Borghese, a renowned art gallery within the gardens, housing an impressive collection of masterpieces by artists such as Caravaggio, Bernini, and Raphael.


How to get here:

Photo by Spencer Davis

By train

Rome is well connected by train to other Italian and European cities. The main train station in Rome is Termini, where you can find high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Italo) and regional trains to various destinations. Depending on where you want to go, you can also use other smaller stations in Rome, such as Tiburtina, Ostiense, or Trastevere. Train tickets can be purchased online or at the station.

By plane

Rome has two international airports, Fiumicino (FCO) and Ciampino (CIA). Fiumicino is the main airport and handles most of the flights from overseas. Ciampino is smaller and mainly serves low-cost airlines from other European cities.

Both airports are about 30-40 minutes away from the city centre by car or taxi1. You can also take public transportation from the airports to Rome, such as trains, buses, or metro. For example, you can take the Leonardo Express train to Termini station from Fiumicino or the regional train FL1 to Trastevere station. You can take a shuttle bus from Ciampino to Termini station or Anagnina metro station and then take the metro line A to the city centre.

General useful information

Rome is very walkable, but you can also use the metro, buses, trams, or taxis. The metro has two lines, A and B, that cross at Termini station. The buses and trams cover more city areas, but they can be crowded and unreliable. Taxis are easy to find but can be expensive.

You can buy tickets for public transportation at newsstands, tobacco shops, or vending machines at metro stations. A single ticket is valid for 100 minutes on any combination of buses and metro. You can also buy a 24-hour ticket for 7 euros, a 48-hour ticket for 12.5 euros, or a 72-hour ticket for 18 euros.

Rome has amazing sights and attractions, but some require advance booking or reservation. For example, suppose you want to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. You should book your tickets online at least a few days before your visit to avoid long queues and possible sold-out dates. The same goes for the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill, where you can buy a combined ticket to access all three sites within two days.



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