In Italian "Tre vie" means three roads, so the name of the fountain comes from the three
roads that come together at the busy Piazza di Trevi.
The fountain has recently been restored to its former grandeur.
The Trevi Fountain celebrated the reopening of several of ancient Rome's aqueducts in the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
The central figures are Neptune flanked by two Tritons. One struggles to master a very unruly sea horse, the other leads a far more docile animal. These symbolize the two contrasting moods of the sea.
One of the most celebrated scenes in Italian cinematic history must be the moonlight dip taken by the enchanting Anita Ekberg in Federico Fellini's 1960 film "La Dolce Vita".
Romantics toss a coin over their shoulder, thinking it will grant them a wish and assure their return to Rome. Every week thousands of euros are collected from the fountain and given to the charity Caritas who use it to buy food and clothes for people in need.
The Roman Senate and People.
After defeating Tarquin, the last Roman king, the people started a new type of government; a Republic.
As a publicity and propaganda campaign, engraved into marble, wrought or emblazoned, the official identifier for drain covers and much more stands for the Senate and the People of Rome.
Today SPQR is still the municipal symbol of the city of Rome.
This square owes its name to the fact that Spain chose it as the location for
its embassy to the Holy See.
Travelers come here in search of knowledge and artistic inspiration.
The fontana della Barcaccia is a masterpiece by Bernini. He constructed a fountain ine the square which represents a leaking boat in a shallow pool; barcaccia means a useless, old boat that lies half submerged.
The wide, curving staircase is one of Rome's iconic sights.
The Spanish steps consists of 138 steps leading sharply up from Piazza di Spagna, forming a butterfly shape as they fan out around a central terrace. The design culminated at the top in an obelisk framed by two baroque church towers.
The areas surrounding Piazza di Spagna, at the base of the Spanish steps, are the most famous shopping districts for the big global brands.
This historic palace, a few metres from Piazza Venezia, the Forum and the Baths
of Trajan, has been the seat of Rome's provincial administration.
A Major excavation project revealed a group of senatorial villas buried beneath it.
It's one of the finest archeological sites to come to light in recent years; an astonishing sight, with a beautiful mosaic floor, the remains of walls and frescoes.
The multimedia museum inside the building has recreated the past with virtual reconstruction, videos and graphics. Visitors can see rooms, peristyles, baths, kitchens, walls, furnishings and decoration brought back to life, taking a virtual tour of a great Domus of ancient Rome.
The espresso is a ritual. No self- respecting barista fails to know every detail
of what's going on in the neighborhood, skillfully becoming the confidant, confessor
and friend of regulars; able to spot at a glance everyone's tics, obsessions and
Around the espresso coffee cup, deals are made, love affairs are born, friendships are reinforced or restored.
The bar counter is Rome's true public square and the stage for mid-morning and post-lunch breaks.
Ristretto (short) or lungo (long), the perfect formula is with a dense, even cream, free of bubbles or holes, with notes of citrus, chocolate and honey, creating a perfect balance of bitterness and acidity on the palate.
For purist, espresso is not something to be sullied with sugar.