Rome can be very warm in summer, and it is therefore important to have possibilities to cool down while visiting this city. Despite the existence of airconditioning and other technological solutions, this problem is still there as it was for many centuries. Consequently, the eternal city is littered with fountains. Some of them are famous, some of them are not much more than an opening in the wall from which water comes out. Some of them are delicately designed, some of them are only functional. They all serve the same goal: serve water to passers-by.
The central area of Rome is so full of sights, that it is most convenient to explore the city on foot. While sweating it out, it is great to turn a corner and suddenly hear the sound of running water. A few gulps of cold water, some splashes on in your face and over your head makes you find new energy to continue. But the fountains can also be the goal in itself. The famed fountains by Bernini on the Piazza Navona are perhaps the most important sights on the square. The central fountain is topped by an obelisk, each figure representing one of the four main rivers of the world. The other two fountains are also decorated with elegant statues.
Other fountains can be found near the Pantheon, on the Piazza Barberini, Piazza di Spagna, and many others. None of them is like the other, they all have their own history and attraction. The most famous is of course the Trevi fountain. It is here that most tourists go, to throw a coin inside with their right hand over their left hand shoulder, after all, legend has it that this guarantees your return to the eternal city. To be honest, this baroque fountain is not the finest in design and personally, I appreciate some of the less-known, simple fountains elsewhere.
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