Fountains of Rome

While Venice is obviously a city of water Rome with it’s fountains is no less a city of water. Rome was built on it’s water system. Aqueducts that brought water to the city. Fountains that distributed it. The basic water system is over two thousand years old. Fountains of Rome have starred in Hollywood films and in tourist photographs.

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Many of the fountains have achieved worldwide fame. The Trevi fountain has even starred in mainstream movies. But Rome is so rich in fountains that fountains like the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola that inspired the Trevi fountain is rarely visited or even on the radar of many tourists.

Inspiration for the Trevi fountain
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In front of the Spanish steps you’ll find the Fontana della Barcaccia

Spanish steps
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But the most famous and almost always crowded site is the Trevi fountain. The fountain has starred in films both Italian and from Hollywood. Anita Ekberg waded into the fountain in the film La Dolce Vita a scene that has inspired many tourists to copy her. Don’t let the moment sweep you away. Wading into the fountain will at least get you a fine .

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Piazza Navona has three fountains. In any other city the smallest of these fountains would attract a horde of tourists but Rome has such a wealth of fountains even the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi struggles to attract the interests of tourists bewitched by the Trevi fountain and it’s Hollywood starlet fame.

Piazza Navona
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Almost lost in the traffic is the Piazza Barberini with it’s Fontana del Tritone.

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The fountains mentioned above may seem like a lengthy list but they represent but a small part of the fountains that Rome possesses. The more famous and popular with tourists certainly but still a fairly small part of the total