Thursday, April 18, 2013

Historical Thursday: "Fontana Di Trevi"

Helloooo!
No clue how you all are feeling but I'm so weighed down by all the tragedy in the US these past couple of days. So glad I don't have any friends by where the explosion happened!
I thought we could take a trip away from here and visit a lovely site in Rome, Italy. The Fontana Di Trevi ( The Trevi Fountain). This is one of my favorite places in Rome.
Isn't this so gorgeous? Couldn't you sit here for hours and enjoy the water sound and the people watching? If you answered yes to both, you're my kind of a person! 
The fountain was first commissioned to be built in the 1600s but never went beyond the sketch phase. It was picked up a Century later and finally finished in 1762.
The fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most recognized in the world!
The man standing in the middle of the fountain is Neptune, god of the sea. He is riding a chariot, in the shape of a shell, pulled by two horses. The horses are both being led by a Triton. The horses symbolize two aspects of the sea, one is really calm, right side, and the other is very aggressive, left side. 
The statues on either side of Neptune stand for abundance, left, and health, right side. 
These pictures do not do the fountain any justice..it's so darn beautiful! It was actually restored in 1998 that's why it's so bright and shiny. Along with a cleaning all the cracks were also fixed.
Here's me being my smiley self right after I threw my coin into the fountain. Legend has it that you will come to the Rome again if you throw a coin over your back into the fountain. I will throw another 20 coins if it'll get me back to that beautiful country! 
I looked it up and an estimated 3,000 Euros, $3,900, are thrown in to the fountain everyday.. that's just insane. I hope they put that money to good use.

Today's post was short and sweet but I hope informative!

With All My LOVE,

Pati







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