Friday, March 11, 2011

Italy! Fountain of Love!

The fountain of love also called the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy. This fountain stands 85 feet tall and 65 feet wide and it took 30 years to build. The order came from Pope Clementine XII, it was started by artist Nicola Salvi, but he died in 1751, with his work half-done. Giuseppe Pannini resume the job and finished it in 1762, long after the Pope died. The central figure of the Trevi Fountain, in front of a large niche, is Neptune, god of the sea. He is riding a chariot in the shape of a shell, pulled by two sea horses. Each sea horse is guided by a Triton. One of the horses is calm and obedient, the other one restive. They symbolize the fluctuating moods of the sea. To the side are the statues of Abundance and Salubrity. The water at the bottom of Trevi Fountain represents the sea. A lot of people miss-interpreted that throwing coin to this fountain water will bring good luck in love, said that two coins will lead to a new romance and three will ensure either a marriage or divorce. Actually, legend has it that you will guarantee that somehow you will find your way back to return to Rome if you throw a coin into the water. You should toss it over your shoulder with your back to the fountain. An estimated 3,000 euros (which is about $4131.90 in the U.S.) are thrown into the fountain each day. The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome's needy. However, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain.


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