10 Facts About the Trevi Fountain for Kids

The Trevi Fountain for Kids

The historic and majestic Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy, is one of the most famous fountains in the world! Our family was fortunate to visit this beautiful site, and our kids loved it as much as we did! In fact, a few years ago, we found ourselves standing at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, with our two boys, making wishes and counting our blessings.

While the hubby and I are happy to wander around streets of unfamiliar cities, our boys are hardly as entertained; so, we are always looking for interesting information that will keep the kids engaged and help them remember what they have seen! If you are headed to Rome, don’t forget to check our page about the Roman Colosseum for kids. 

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10 facts about the Trevi Fountain for Kids

1. The fountains of Italy were built to show the people of Rome where the fresh water supply was located. They used this water for drinking, bathing, and cooking. The people of Rome would bring their buckets to the fountains and collect water to take back to their homes.

Fun Fact: In the 4th century, there were 1352 fountains in the city of Rome. Each fountain was marking a water supply for the people of Rome. You can still see many of these fountains in Rome today, so start counting!

2. Trevi Fountain construction first started in 1730. Water finally came out of the fountain for the people in 1743, and the fountain was completed in 1762. The Trevi Fountain took a total of 32 years, from start to finish, to build.

Fun Fact: The Trevi Fountain is big! It stands 86 feet high and 161.3 feet wide, and it spills over 2,824,800 cubic feet of water out of the fountain.

3. Today, the water is recycled, so you cannot drink out of the fountain (like the original Romans); however, if you look closely on the steps of the fountain, there is a pipe. This cast-iron pipe can be used to fill up your water bottle and to drink just like the old Romans did. Find the pipe and fill up your water bottle!

4. So, how did the fountain get its name? Well, there was a very famous Roman goddess, Trivia. She protected the streets of Rome and had three heads so she could see everything going on around her. She would always stand on the street corners where three streets met, and she would watch over the city. There are three streets where the fountain is built – Via De Crocicchis, Via Poli, and Via Delle Muratte. Many believed that the goddess would stand there and protect the streets of Rome; thus the name “Trevi Fountain.”

Ocean

5. In the middle you will see a big statue of a god. Can you guess who this is? Many people say it is Neptune (“Poseidon” in Greek), but they are wrong; the statue is actually of the god “Ocean.” Neptune always had a three-pronged spear with him and is normally followed by a dolphin. Ocean has a short wand in his hand and is surrounded by two horses, not dolphins.   

Fun Fact: Pope Clemens XII actually held a competition for all architects to decide who would build the Trevi Fountain. Nicola Salvi won the contest and designed the fountain. The Pope picked his design because it was the cheapest to build! Salvi died during construction, and the fountain was finished by Pietro Bracci.

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6. In front of Ocean there are two horses. Can you see them? One is very calm, and the other is jumping and looks angry! Does this remind you of the world’s oceans and seas? Ever notice how sometimes the oceans and seas can be very calm and inviting, and other times they can be angry and scary? Well, these two horses are showing you the two different sides of the world’s waters – calm and angry!
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7. The horse on the right of Ocean has a rider who is blowing into a seashell. He is a Triton and is half man, half merman. He is also the son of Neptune. He has the conch shell, and by blowing into the shell he can raise the world’s water into waves or lower them to be calm.

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Abundance

8.  Look to the left of Ocean behind the angry horse – you can see a statue. Her name is Goddess Abundance and she is carrying a cornucopia (a basket shaped like a horn). This is a symbol of abundance, and the basket is always filled with fruits and vegetables which is a sign of always having food or wealth! She is put there to make sure that the people of Rome always have an abundance of food.

9. To the right of Ocean is another statue, the Goddess of Health, and her name is Sirona. If you look closely, she has a large snake that is eating out of a bowl. She was placed above the fountain to promote hygiene and cleanliness among the Roman people. Can you see her and her snake? The Romans thought that snakes were the symbol of health because they shed their skin. By shedding their skin, they were showing renewed health and healing. Often you will see snakes as a symbol around Rome!

 

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Fun Fact: Does this symbol look familiar to you? Well, it should because it is still used by all pharmacies and doctors today. It comes from Sirona and her father showing the snake and promoting good health! Can you see the two snakes? I’m sure none of your friends know that! Don’t forget to wash your hands and stay healthy!

Salute from Rome, Trevi Fountain

Salute

10. There are many different plants on the fountain and one big bunch of grapes. Can you find them? You will see grapes all over Rome as well because the Romans believed that grapes were a sign of great vitality. They also thought that drinking wine everyday was a must, and I must say, “When in Rome, do as the Romans!” So have some grape juice and a glass of wine and say “Salute” (Italian for “health.”)

Now that you are starving, get something to eat and check out our tips on how to dine out in Italy.

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Before you leave the Trevi Fountain

Last thing you have to do is throw a coin into the fountain! If you do it means you will return to Rome one day! You must stand with your back to the fountain and throw the coin over your left shoulder. Look around; everyone is doing it! The story comes from soldiers who were leaving for war. They would always take a coin and throw it into the rivers of Rome as a payment to the gods. This payment would ensure a safe return home from battle and to Rome. So, get your coin and throw it in the fountain! Once you do, you can be assured you will one day return to Rome!

When to see the Trevi Fountain

If the Trevi Fountain is super crowded, go at night! There are not as many people, and the fountain is all lit up and beautiful. You can still find all the items on our list and will not have to fight the crowds!

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I hope you have a great time at the Trevi Fountain. Stay tuned for more of our travel stories about Rome and around the world! Do you have any questions? Or Can I help you with anything else? Please drop us a comment below!

Stacey

 

 

 

 

This is a part of #SundayTraveler, so read up and visit all the stories with #SundayTraveler and our friends over at “Chasing The Donkey” and “Frank About Croatia.”

 

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25 Comments

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  • Reply September 30, 2014

    Heather Cole

    Really fun facts you have there, loved reading them, and certainly didn't know about most of them despite visiting last summer. I didn't throw in a coin, but I'm sure I'll return one day, it is Rome after all.
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  • Reply April 27, 2014

    The Guy

    I love this article. I remember a friend of mine who had a passion for Italy showed me a picture of the Trevi Fountain before I went on my trip to Rome. I'm glad she did because this place is a real highlight. Knowing this history makes this wonderful piece of architecture even more fascinating. I hope to go back again soon and see this, it is just stunning. A little surprised it was the cheapest of the options, can you imagine what the others must have been like?
    • Reply July 19, 2014

      Stacey Veikalas

      Thank you for reading - and apologies for the late reply we are traveling and have been for quite some time and I am trying to catch up!:) Yes can you imagine if this one was the cheapest what the other fountains would have cost and looked like ~ unbelievable! Thank you for stopping by!:)
  • Love the quick facts and things to get kids to look out for. I know I've said that to a previous post, but it's still true :) .
  • Reply March 17, 2014

    CarmensTravelTips

    Trevi Fountain is huge as you mentioned. Even though it's mostly surrounded by tourist during the day it's still one of my favorite places to visit in Rome. I like all the great facts that you added to your post.
  • Reply March 16, 2014

    Jess

    I'd heard of this fountain, but I had no idea how large and elaborate it was - much less most of your other facts!
  • Reply March 15, 2014

    Travelling Macs

    I'm at present planning a trip around parts of Europe with a few weeks in Italy. Its great reading interesting facts in here, having a little break from Google researching the best rail pass and accommodation etc. Thank you :)
  • Reblogged this on Forget the Viagra, Pass Me a Carrot and commented: Of all the travel blogs I follow - I enjoy Basketslife consistently. Not only seeing the world through an adults eyes but those of a child - recommend to any families who want to bring the experiences, sights, scents and sounds of the world to their children as they grow.
  • Reply March 11, 2014

    Adelina | PackMeTo

    I adore the Trevi Fountain even with all the tourists. The only thing I wish would go away are those pesky people trying to sell you a photo. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler!
  • I love how fun and educational you make your travels for your kids. It's very inspirational and I don't even have kids! I loved the Trevi Fountain but definitely didn't know all this info. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler :)
  • Reply March 10, 2014

    codowd

    I agree with Frank, so informative! I really love the Trevi Fountain, even when it's so crowded. Especially with a gelati :)
  • Reply March 10, 2014

    frankaboutcroatia

    Wow, 1352 fountains in the city of Rome in the 4th century - that's something! Like always, your posts are so educative, and I honestly learn a lot from reading your blog. Been to Rome so many times, but did I pay attention to Okeanos - not at all! Thanks for sharing, Stacey!
  • Reply March 10, 2014

    Jeff | Planet Bell

    Interesting. I think I was too busy fighting off tourists to notice the details but this gives me a greater perspective!
  • Reply March 9, 2014

    NZ Muse

    We have amazing tap water in NZ, but the random street spigots in Rome could rival anything we get here at home. I was so blown away by that.
  • Reply March 9, 2014

    fallequinox2006

    I have seen pictures of The Trevi Fountain so many times, yet never learned about the story/history behind it until now. The three-headed Roman Goddess Trivia reminds me of Hindu gods/godesses.
  • Reply March 9, 2014

    justinpluslauren

    We are planning our next trip to Italy and of course, we will be visiting the Trevi Fountain! Thank you for all of the tips and "fun facts" - very interesting!
  • Ohhh what fab info. I loved the free water in Rome - the fountain was super busy when were were there, even at night. So I do not even have a photo of me there .. gah! Thanks so much for linking up again with #SundayTraveler. I've also pinned these photos to the #ST board.
  • Reply March 9, 2014

    davidpcole

    Excellent post, Stacey. You did a great job weaving together history with a modern-day visit. Glad to see you had time to enjoy some fermented Italian grapes, too!
    • Reply March 9, 2014

      basketslife

      Hey thank you ~ hee hee always have time for grapes!!
  • Reply March 9, 2014

    Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

    You know so much about this fountain it's incredible! The only time I went to Rome (with 2 young boys in tow too) it was so crowded we could barely get to see it, but next time (and there will be a next time for sure) I'll be sure to check out your tips.
  • Reply March 9, 2014

    bavariansojourn

    I was there last week. Wish I had read this before I went... Such a stunning place, and such a brilliant guide, thank you! :)
  • Reply March 8, 2014

    Britta

    OMG Stacey...perhapd you know that i'm an absolute Rome-lover and your article is a blast. It felt like walking through Rome, passing Piazza Navona with a gelato from Giolitti...feel the air...thank you so much. With all these information I think we have to go there once more ;-)
    • Reply March 9, 2014

      basketslife

      Thank you Britta for reading I really appreciate it and I am so glad you enjoyed the story!

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