And my vacations in Rome had to include several mandatory photos. One, is with the Colosseum. Built of travertine, tuff, and brick-faced concrete, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80. It could hold 80,000 spectators. I had a very bright morning with the sight of the Colosseo!!! It is beyond magnificent!!! Rome! Lovely Rome. Eternal Rome!!! #rome#Roma#colosseum#colosseo#Coliseo#marble#travertine#white#gladiators#fights#history#inlovewithRome
9 things you didn’t know about the Trevi fountain :
1. The Trevi Fountain is one of the oldest water sources in #Rome
(The fountain dates back to #ancient#Roman times, since the construction of the Aqua Virgo Aqueduct in 19 B.C. )
2. Salvi was not the original architect
3. You can thank gambling for the fountain’s existence.
the money earned from the reintroduction of the lotto in Rome financed the Trevi Fountain! The numbers of the first extraction were 56, 11, 54, 18 and 6, in case you were interested.
4. It’s made from the same material as the Colosseum… (from #travertine stone;a mineral made of #calciumcarbonate formed from #spring waters, especially hot springs, the likely source was the city of Tivoli, about 22 miles from Rome.) .
5. And it uses a lot of water.
(the fountain spills about 2,824,800 cubic feet of water every day!) .
6. The fountain is #charitable
When the fountain is open roughly €3,000 is thrown into it every day as people follow the tradition of throwing coins over their shoulders. The legend holds that a coin thrown into the fountain will ensure a return to Rome. This tradition also dates back to the ancient Romans who often threw coins in water to make the gods of water favor their journey or help them get back home safely. (Throw in a second coin if you’re seeking love – even a third for wedding bells!) What many don’t know is that the coins are collected every night and given to an Italian charity called #Caritas. Caritas, in turn, use the money for a supermarket program.
7. It’s a #crime to steal the #coins from the #Trevi
8. The white stone fountain has been black…and red. (In 1996 the fountain was turned off and draped in black crepe to honor actor Marcello Mastroianni after his death.)
9. This famous fountain is famous on film too! (Besides La Dolce Vita, the massive monument has been featured in many films including Roman Holiday, Three Coins in the Fountain and even The Lizzie McGuire Movie. The fountain is even replicated at Epcot in Walt Disney World!)