A full day of sightseeing ahead of us… hubby and I were up and about early to make our way to the Trevi Fountain before the crowd
One of the side streets off Via delle Quattro Fontane, a street we walked …
… up and down, literally, several times ..
At the Quattro Fontane crossroads at the top of the hill there are four fountains (I photographed three of them) ..
One of them is on the corner church and convent, San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, commissioned in 1638 by the Trinitarians to design a church, which is small enough to fit inside of the piers of St Peter’s ..
Palazzo Barberini – a grand family country villa built for Maffei Barberini when he became Pope Urban VIII in 1623. He died before it was finished. The Palazzo houses part of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica ..
Another side street ..
Hubby and I smiled when we saw this hotel .. we both used to work for Anglo American Corporation in South Africa, which had nothing to do with hotels 🙂
Piazza Barberini where Bernini’s Triton fountain, which I was looking to seeing, was under maintenance and cleaning behind screens ..
Turning off Via delle Quattro Fontane we walked in the direction of Trevi Fountain ..
Trevi Fountain : designed by Nicola Salvi, Rome’s largest and most famous fountain was completed in 1762. The central figures are Neptune, flanked by two Tritons. The site originally marked the terminal of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct, built by Augustus’ son in law Agrippa in 19BC to channel water to Rome’s new bath complexes. ‘ One of the reliefs on the first storey shows a young girl, Trivia, after whom the fountain may have been named. She is said to have first shown the spring, 22km (14 miles) from the city, to thirsty Roman soldiers. ‘
Our ‘walk-about in Rome’ continued as hubby and I made our way to the Spanish Steps
We went back to the Trevi Fountain with our Trafalgar Tour group a few days later. See how packed it was .. !!!