Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon – 9/4/2016

Background on the Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is a baroque fountain that stands about 26 m high and 49 m wide and is one of the most famous statues in the world.  In 1730, Pope Clemens XII ran a contest to for the design of a new fountain, which architect, Nicola Salvi 1730 had a contest to design a new fountain.  Pope Clemens died in 1740, followed by Nicola Salvi in 1751, before the fountains completion.  After Salvi’s death Pietro Bracci completed the fountain. Pope Clemens XIII inaugurated the Trevi Fountain in 1762.

Legend has it that if you through a coin into the Trevi Fountain then you will return to Rome.  An interesting fact is that over 2000 euros are thrown in each week.  This money is collected and helps subsidize a supermarket for the poor.

We visited the Trevi Fountain on a Saturday in the middle of the day, bad time really as it was so busy.  We grabbed sandwiches from a nearby deli and ate them on a side street near the fountain, before attempting to take photos.  We had walked quite a bit and Max in particular was tired and irritable by the time we got there, so food first was definitely the best option.  I did give the kids a coin each, unfortunately they threw them before I could explain the legend or take a photo, oh well, next time.  Being long term Bon Jovi fans, we later showed them their music video filmed at the fountain for the song, ‘Thank You for Loving Me.’

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We fought the crowds to get this photo in front of the Trevi Fountain.

Trevi Fountain from different angles.

Tourist Information on the Trevi Fountain

Opening Hours: Its open 24 hours a day.

Cost: free

The Pantheon

A Brief History

The Pantheon is considered the best preserved Ancient Roman monument.
The Pantheon began as a Roman temple before becoming a church in 609 AD. The original temple was commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during Augustus’s reign (27 BC – 14 AD) and burnt to the ground in 80 AD.  The present building was completed by emperor Hadrian and dedicated sometime between 118 – 125 AD.  The original Latin inscription by Marcus Agrippa still stands and was not replaced by Hadrian.

What is special about the Pantheon?

Well apart from how well it is preserved, it also has the largest unsupported dome in the world, with a diameter of 43.3 m.  Additionally, Raphael, the famous artist, poets and several Italian kings have tombs inside the Pantheon.  There are 16 Corinthian columns that support the front of the Pantheon that each weighs 60 tonnes and were floated on barges along the Nile River to Rome.  The temple was originally to all the gods with statues of the 12 most important deities.  And if all of that doesn’t impress you, come and look around and see it in all its glory for yourself.


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The front view of the Pantheon

Tourist Information on Pantheon

Opening Hours: Mon- Sat: 8.30 am – 7.30 pm, (last admission 7.15 pm) Sun: 9 am – 6 pm (last admission 5.45 pm)

Closed: 1 Jan, 1 May and 25th of Dec

Cost: free admission


What better way to finish of a day or have everyday than with a gelato.

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