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Toss a Coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome

December 23, 2011 - 2:24am
Toss a Coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome
Rome's Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in the city, is one of the most beautiful and famous in the world. Its construction was completed in 1743, and water has been spilling forth from the sculpture, which depicts the personification of the ocean, ever since.

Many believe that tossing a coin into the pool of the fountain will ensure the thrower's successful return to Rome, so visitors who are enjoying their Europe tours may want to throw some change into the Trevi Fountain.

Travelers are encouraged to try their luck at the fountain, but they will be better off if they first turn around so their backs are to the massive sculpture. They should toss a coin over the shoulder for the best chance at coming back to the Italian city.

Even if they're not superstitious, guests will find it hard to ignore the immense presence of the sculpture, which features a large, bearded man who represents the ocean atop a shell being pulled by horses - one on either side. The whole scene is set above natural boulders over which the water flows into a large reflecting pool. This makes it easy to snap a few photos without hundreds of other tourists getting in the way.