Beneath the sparkling water of the Trevi fountain lies a labyrinth of hidden passages and tunnels that provide an entirely different perspective on this famed landmark.
When you visit Rome, you visit the Trevi Fountain. The dazzling beauty, the coins thrown in for good luck - not to mention the crowds of people all there to photograph the picture-perfect scenes. For a way to experience the iconic fountain without quite so many people, we suggest viewing it from a different perspective: underneath it.
The Trevi Fountain, known as Fontana di Trevi, was completed in 1762, and it's a renowned masterpiece of Baroque art. It stands as the endpoint of the ancient Aqua Virgo Aqueduct, which dates back to 19 BC. This fountain is not only a symbol of beauty, but a testament to the importance of water in Rome's history and culture. Venturing beneath the fountain provides even more context to the rich history of this landmark.
How to Get There:
To embark on this adventure, make your way to the Trevi Fountain in the heart of Rome. From there, head to Vicolo del Puttarello.
Remember, the Trevi Fountain is a popular tourist spot, so be prepared for crowds. It's best to plan your visit during the early morning or late evening hours to enjoy a more serene experience. Giada recommends visiting in the evening - her group was the only one there!
Don't forget your camera and some spare coins to toss into the fountain—after all, you wouldn't want to miss out on the traditional wish-making ritual. Yes, you can toss a coin beneath the fountain, too.
One of the coolest features to behold on this experience is that one of the 11 Roman aqueducts runs through it, and that very water is the one that feeds into the Trevi Fountain. The aqueduct is called Aqua Virgo, and it was built in the 1st century BC by Marcus Agrippa, a close associate of Emperor Augustus. This underground channel transported fresh water to the heart of ancient Rome, serving the needs of its citizens for centuries. Learn even more about what makes this underground labyrinth so special through artifacts and beyond upon visiting.
The Trevi Underground exhibition offers a unique opportunity to unravel the engineering marvels and ancient stories that lie hidden beneath the fountain's grandeur - so next time you find yourself in Rome, take a detour and uncover the secrets beneath the Trevi Fountain!
Vicus Caprarius-the Water City
Vicolo del Puttarello, 25, 00187 Roma RM, Italy