We hope that you are enjoying our series of articles and guest articles on Italian tourist attractions, covering the entire country except for its major cities. In a sense we have left the best for last. We will describe what to see in Italy’s great cities neighborhood by neighborhood. You may not realize it, but Rome is divided into 20 districts. And each and every one of these districts boasts its own sightseeing attractions. If you have time, visit them all. In any case, read these articles to help plan your trip to The Eternal City. You may be in for some real surprises. Roma, Non Basta una Vita (Rome, a Lifetime is not Enough) .
The Trevi Fountain district lies smack dab in central Rome. Of course its star attraction is the world famous Trevi Fountain, featured in the movies Three Coins in a Fountain and La Dolce Vita. According to legend you will return to Rome if you throw a coin into its wishing well. The fountain is 85 feet (almost 26 meters) high and 65 feet (almost 20 meters) wide, making it the largest Baroque fountain in the world. Trevi marks the terminal point of a aqueduct supplying central Rome with fresh water from a site about 8 miles (13 kilometers) away. This aqueduct served for some four hundred years until destroyed by the Goths in 537/538, pushing Rome into the doldrums for centuries. The next fountain was built about a thousand years later and, as often, the subsequent construction history had as many twists and turns as the aqueduct itself. The fountain was refurbished in 1998. By the way, the wishing well collects an estimated 3 thousand Euros (over 4 thousand dollars) a day.
Just to the left of the fountain is the Santa Maria in Trivio Church, according to tradition founded by a Byzantine general who conquered Rome twice in the Sixth Century and built the church to expiate his sins. In any case it is one of Rome’s oldest churches and was almost entirely rebuilt for the Jubilee Year of 1575.
The Palazzo Poli forms the backdrop to the Trevi Fountain. Its central portion was demolished to make room for the fountain in 1730. This Palazzo is home to a major collection of copper engraving plates over the centuries. Other nearby palaces include the mostly Eighteenth Century Palazzo Colonna with a fine art collection, the Seventeenth Century Palazzo di Propaganda Fide (Palace of the Propagation of the Faith), and the Palazzo Odeschalchi that also belonged to the Colonna family.And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Latium or other Italian wines.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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