Rome is one of our favourite places to travel with kids.
It has everything.
Culture, history, beautiful architecture, green parks to run around in, and finger-licking good food for the kids. Pizza by the slice, spaghetti galore, gelato, nutella crepes, Italian hot chocolate…
They will be spellbound.
The challenge when travelling with kids is finding the balance point between culture and “too much” culture!
Us big kids (the adults in the family) often want to see ALL the big sights – the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, the Vatican, the Piazzas and of course that famous Italian fountain, the Trevi Fountain.
But this can be too much unless something ‘super fun’ involved at each place.
- 1 Hot Tip for Planning a Family Travel Itinerary
- 2 Take the Kids to make their own Trevi Fountain Wish!
- 3 Three Coins in the Trevi Fountain
- 4 What happens to the coins thrown into the Trevi Fountain?
- 5 The history of the Trevi Fountain
- 6 The Inside Scoop
- 7 Travel Options:
- 9 Trevi Fountain Live Cam
- 10 Toadstool Rating.
- 11 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN places to visit in Rome?
Hot Tip for Planning a Family Travel Itinerary
Our trick when planning our family travel itinerary is to research and find out some kind of fun historical fact, philosophy, legends or activities that will engage the kids too.
Not only does it help the kids, it gives us an insight into how this thing was made, or how it came to be.
Facts can bring the place to life for all of us.
Take the Kids to make their own Trevi Fountain Wish!
Having the chance to make their own Trevi Fountain wish was the big enticement for my kids on our last trip.
The Trevi Fountain coin toss is an experience that must be on about a zillion bucket lists around the world so we jumped at the chance to take our turn too.
Not that our visit to the Trevi Fountain was as successful as I’d hoped!
We unknowingly dropped by during the Trevi Fountain restoration and much of the Trevi Fountain was hidden behind scaffolds, with the water turned off and overall-covered workers in place, carefully etching away years of calcium build up.
Fortunately, a small ‘coin catching’ pit had been set up in front of a Trevi Fountain poster as a substitute during the Trevi fountain renovation for tourists and family travellers like us. (See the picture below!)
We chanced our luck anyway, and Ned scored a direct hit on the grate.
Three Coins in the Trevi Fountain
Luckily, the first legend about throwing coins for a Trevi Fountain wish goes something like this:
“If you throw a coin from the right hand over the left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain,
you will one day return to Rome”.
Fingers crossed, Ned’s impressive throw means we’ll see it again in full glory before too long!
The second legend inspired the film “Three Coins in the Trevi Fountain” – in this legend, visitors must throw three coins. The first guarantees your return to Rome, the second leads to new romance, and the third will lead to marriage! Oh my!
What happens to the coins thrown into the Trevi Fountain?
The 3000-odd Euro coins are collected daily, with the help of the Italian Red Cross, and are added to a fund that supplies a special supermarket that feeds the poor and homeless in Rome, although there are a few sneaky attempts to steal coins at least once a day.
Thankfully, our heartfelt “wishes” are protected as stealing coins is illegal and results in arrest.
The history of the Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain sits at the junction of three roads and is the final termination point of the modern water channel, Aqua Vergine.
The legend is that back in 19BC, a young girl led thirsty Roman soldiers on a 13 km walk to a source of pure water.
This discovery was the impetus for Augustus to commission a twenty-two kilometre aqueduct system into the centre of the city.
In honour of this young girl, he named the aqueduct Aqua Virgo, or Virgin waters.
The sculptures reference this legend, “Taming of the Waters”
The Inside Scoop
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Trevi Fountain Hours:
The Trevi Fountain is open all hours and does not require a ticket or to pass through entry doors to view. Viewing is available around the clock. But choose your time of arrival carefully. We suggest very early morning, late afternoon, or early evening when everyone is eating dinner. It is busy most of the time, but there are slight dips in numbers of visitors throughout the day.
The Trevi Fountain reopened on November 2rd 2015.
Trevi Fountain at night
The Trevi Fountain restoration included the installation of more than 100 LED lights to improve the nighttime illumination of the fountain.
Trevi Fountain Admission Cost
There is no Trevi fountain entrance fee.
Trevi Fountain tickets
You do not need a ticket to see the Trevi Fountain.
Where is the Trevi Fountain?
The Trevi Fountain is located at Piazza di Trevi, 00187 Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain wishing well is located right in the centre of Rome city, and within walking distance to the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon as well as other Rome tourist spots.
From the Rome Termini, take a bus, taxi or Uber towards the city centre, and exit at the nearest Trevi Fountain stop on Via Del Tritone, or Via del Corso.
Trevi Fountain to Colosseum
- The walk from the Trevi Fountain to the Colosseum is less than 2km,. If time is an issue, take a cab or uber. Otherwise, wander via the high-end shops on Via del Corso towards Piazza Venezia, and follow the signs. There are plenty of walking pathways in the area.
Trevi Fountain to Spanish Steps
- The walk from the Trevi Fountain to the Spanish Steps is about 600 metres. Use your Google maps app as the Roman streets can be a maze! We suggest walking up the Via del Corso and then turning right when you spot a Spanish Steps tourist marker sign.
Trevi Fountain to Pantheon
- The walk from the Trevi fountain to the Pantheon is about 500 metres. You’ll need to cross the main road, Via del Corso, then use your google map app to guide you through the Roman maze of streets. Our favourite Piazza Navona is less than 200 metres from the Pantheon too. Don’t miss it.
Trevi Fountain Live Cam
Did you know you can view the Trevi fountain webcam to see the Trevi Fountain in real time? Check the Live Cam Trevi Fountain here.
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