Trevi Fountain in Rome

Trevi Fountain in Rome

Three Coins in the Fountain is the name of a 1954 film that introduced a song of the same name.  The film tells the story of 3 American girls looking for romance in the Italian city of Rome, and were employed at the American Embassy. The fountain mentioned in the song is the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

The film was adapted from the book – Coins in the Fountain – by John H Secondari. The film won 2 Oscars for best cinematography and best music, song. It was also nominated for best picture. The three versus of the song are :

Three coins in the fountain,
Each one seeking happiness,
Thrown by three hopeful lovers,
Which one will the fountain bless?

Three hearts in the fountain,
Each heart longing for its home,
There they lie in the fountain,
Somewhere in the heart of Rome.

Three coins in the fountain,
Through the ripples how they shine,
Just one wish will be granted,
One heart will wear a valentine.


Approach the fountain through a maze of narrow alleyways, and you will never fail to be astonished by the baroque extravaganza that greats you. The Trevi Fountain – Fontana di Trevi – is like a giant stage set out before you. The centrepiece of the fountain is a figure of Neptune who rides on a seashell drawn by 2 winged sea horses and led by tritons. The rearing horse symbolises the turmoil of the sea and the calm horse, its tranquility.

The fountain sits at the end of the Aqua Virgo, one of the aquaducts that supplied ancient Rome with pure water from outside the city. 

The Trevi Fountain in Rome also played host to the film La Dolce Vita when Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg took a plunge in the fountain. Today, the fountain is purified with chlorine and you are allowed to throw a coin in over your shoulder which is said to ensure your return to Rome.  

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