Who hasn’t imagined themselves making a wish as they throw a coin into the famous Trevi Fountain? Who has not reacted in awe at this magnificent monument constructed by Bernini for Urbano VIII? The fountain, that has stood from time immemorial, is connected to the one remaining aqueduct still working in the city. The Vergine Aqueduct, which had it’s outlet in the square, has completely changed from how it once was. The Trevi Fountain is simply majestic!
From there, a 10 minute walk will bring you to the Spanish Steps with the Barcaccia Fountain (another work of Bernini). These steps, known in Italian as the steps of the ‘Trinità de’ Monti’ lead to a church of the same name. The sight of these steps teeming with people and tourists provides quite an atmosphere in itself, and is well worth taking a few minutes to observe. The shape of the square also has religious significance: Popular legend says that the Barcaccia was a boat with which Caronte brought the souls of the damned to hell. They would then have to climb the steps of purgatory, whilst repenting their sins in order to reach the church at the top. From the gallery underlying the church you will find a view of Rome so fantastic, that it can not be matched!
Continuing on the road to the side of the gallery will bring you to Piazza del Popolo, which offers yet another wonderful panoramic viewpoint (the Pincio) of the city. Heading down into Piazza del Popolo, you can take via del Corso, a route from which Piazza Venezia is visible and a perfect way to see the city in it’s full magnificence.