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The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) in Rome, Italy. 
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The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) in Rome, Italy.

"This late Baroque fountain, one of Rome's most famous monuments, is an impressive sight, made all the more striking by its position in a tiny piazza. The key to the work is given in two high-relief carvings: in 19 BC Agrippa decided to build a long canal (20 km/13 mi) to bring water to Rome (left). He named it "Acqua Vergine" after a young virgin who revealed the spring to the Roman soldiers (right).

Repairs were made under Pope Nicholas V and Urban VIII. Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi (1732) to adorn the end of the canal with a fountain. It fills the whole width of the façade, which gives the impression of a commemorative arch. Salubrity and Abundance flank the central figure, the Ocean, which rides in a chariot drawn by two horses and two tritons, and provides a photogenic spectacle for the faithful tourists. Tradition claims one coin (cast backwards over the left shoulder) ensures a return to Rome, two bring love and three a wedding in the Eternal City. Romantic notions aside, be wary of pickpockets and excessive rose sellers here." (Michelin Green Guide: Rome, 2010).

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