Here we have the most impressive fountain that I saw in Rome. The Trevi Fountain is an amazing piece of architecture. As you are walking through the narrow streets to reach the fountain you can hear the water flowing before you even enter the court yard. The night shot isn’t the best but I only carried the small Canon camera with me at night (having lugged the SLR around all day my back needed a break). It was hard to get a shot of the fountain at night with all the people gathered around it. I did get up early one morning and walked over to the fountain to get some shots before the crowds arrived.

“This unique statue has an ancient history. Its origins go back to Roman times and it was the terminal point of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct commissioned by Augustus, which was used to provide water for the thermal baths. The water that flows here has two names: Virgin Waters and Trevi. The first refers to an ancient legend about a young Roman girl who showed the source of the spring to some thirsty soldiers; whereas Trevi derives from the old name for the area, which was originally called Trebium.

Even the palace in the background blends perfectly with the composition and the game of space and mass gives an air of movement to the entire statue. The central feature of the monument is a chariot in the shape of a shell, drawn by seahorses with Triton as their guide. Before the enormous central niche stands Oceanus. To the side are the statues of Abundance and Salubrity. All around, natural and artificial forms merge together in a representation of rocks and petrified vegetation that run along the foundation of the palace and around the borders of the pool, which represents the sea.”

Reference: Italy Guides