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Trevi Fountain


Trevi Fountain, from Wayne State University, at

Located at the endpoint of what was originally the Aqua Virgo (part of the Roman aqueduct system), the Trevi Fountain’s construction began in 1629, when Pope Urban VIII asked Bernini to design a revamp of the existing fountain, which the Pope saw as too dull. Bernini was not the final designer, although his touch is clearly visible in the Baroque fountain. Construction was revived in 1732 by Pope Clement XII, with Salvi as the artist. Legend has it that if you turn you back to the fountain and toss a coin in, you’re destined to return to Rome.

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