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The best sights of Rome

Rome is a fascinating city and there are many things to see. Here is a list of some of Rome's most popular sights.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain Rome is one of the most famous fountains in the world and the largest in town. Its origin dates back in ancient history, to the time of Emperor Augustus and the construction of the Virgin aqueduct, when Agrippa caused water current reach the Pantheon and its thermal baths.

The fountain is the terminal member of the Virgin aqueduct, one of the oldest Roman aqueducts still in use since the time of Augustus.

Trevi's origins are still uncertain, but the best hypothesis is it derives from the Latin trivium, indicating the confluence of three streets in the square Crociferi where the present Piazza di Trevi is. The Fountain is a journey through the symbolism of the sea theme.

In the 15º century, Pope Nicholas V began a work of renovation of the aqueduct commissioning Leon Battista Alberti and Bernardo Rossellini. The current layout of the fountain dates back to the 18º century at the behest of Pope Clement XII. The spectacular building in Baroque style is the work of Nicola Salvi. The theme of the fountain is water in progress, which moves everything. Nature and architecture blend to create a powerful effect.

Still there is a legend that whoever throws a coin into the fountain will ensure a return to Rome. The money recovered on the occasion of cleaning is normally used for the work of maintenance. Another little fountain on the left side is called the fountain of love, and is said to ensure eternal fidelity to those who drink its water.

One of the unforgettable scenes of cinema world is Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita while bathing right in the Trevi Fountain.

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