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04/20/2005 Paul L. Gleiser


Trevi Fountain Rome, Italy

The Trevi Fountain (in Italian, Fontana di Trevi) is the largest and most ambitious of the Baroque fountains of Rome. It marks the termination point of the Aqua Virgo, or virgin water. Legend holds that Roman engineers, with the help of a virgin, located a pure water source only 14 miles from the city. Construction of the fountain occured in fits and starts over nearly a hundred years. It was finally finished in 1762. This is the fountain about which "Three Coins in the Fountain", the Academy Award winning title song was written for the 1954 movie starring Clifton Webb and Dorothy McGuire. Tradition says that if you throw one coin into the fountain with your right hand over your right shoulder, you will return to Rome. Throw two coins and you will fall in love with a beautiful Roman girl (or boy). Throw three coins and you will marry your love in Rome.

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