Purposes of the Trevi Fountain

Purposes of the Trevi Fountain
Rome is full of beautiful architecture and surrounded by a beautiful landscape. There are countless places to explore, and one of the most famous attractions is the Trevi Fountain.

Original Purpose

The Trevi Fountain dates to 19 B.C., when it was the central point of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct, which supplied water to the thermal baths.


Current Usage

The fountain was redesigned by Nicola Salvi in 1732. Pope Urban VIII had commissioned the renovations in 1629 to make it more dramatic and theatrical.

Artistic Style

Today, the fountain exists as a famous Roman landmark and a historic work of art. The Trevi Fountain is an example of the Baroque style, characterized by the dramatic energy and movement in the sculpture forms.


The central figure in the sculpture is Oceanus, representing the sea. A triton is on either side of him, one being Abundance and the other Salubrity. Each triton is pulled by a seahorse--one wild and one calm--reflecting the different moods of the sea.


Many tourists can be seen throwing a coin into the fountain, which is believed to ensure a return to Rome later in life.


Article Written By Ashley Henshaw

Ashley Henshaw is a writer based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on the websites of The Huffington Post, "USA Today" and "The San Francisco Chronicle," among others. Henshaw received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Loyola University Chicago.

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