When I finally saw the Eiffel Tower, my first thought was that it was much smaller than I thought it would be, which was kind of disappointing. I guess it just always seemed bigger in the movies. But then the sparkly lights went on and everything about it became magical and beautiful once again (you seriously need to see the Eiffel Tower when it’s lit up at night).
My first time seeing the Trevi Fountain? The complete opposite experience.
Ever since I first saw it in Sabrina Goes to Rome, I’ve always been fascinated by the Fontana di Trevi. It’s a gorgeous Baroque fountain featuring a massive statue of Neptune with his horses and Tritons, as well as beautiful statues of Abundance and Salubrity.
The thing you have to know about Trevi is that, depending where you’re coming from, it can literally just appear out of nowhere and take your breath away. Located in the small Piazza di Trevi, there are two corners situated behind it that give you absolutely no view of the fountain until you’re right in front of it.
Billy, our Top Deck travel guide, was leading us down Via della Stamperia and I was too busy chatting with the girls in my group to really notice where we were going. There was a giant stone building to my right and at the end of the street I could see a crowd of people gathered, but that was normal. There were crowds everywhere in Rome. I simply assumed it was another piazza.
And then all of a sudden, the buildings to my left disappeared and there it was: the Trevi m*effing Fountain!
Now, there are a few things you need to do when you’re at Trevi. You have to obviously take a gazillion pictures in front of it. You should also drink some virgin water from the spout located to the left of the fountain (not actually water that will do what you think it will). And lastly, you need to throw coins into the Trevi.
Here are some instructions on how many coins to throw:
1 coin- you will come back to Rome someday.
2 coins– you’ll fall in love within a year and return to Rome.
3 coins– you’ll revisit Rome and if you’re in a relationship, you’ll be married. If you’re already married, you’ll soon be divorced.
Billy told us a cautionary tale about a guy who’d taken a tour earlier in the year. He was in a loveless marriage and threw three coins into the fountain. A few months later, he sent Billy an e-mail telling him that he was getting happily divorced.
Tall tale or true story, I decided to throw only two coins over my shoulder, feeling that anything would help in the game of love. If anything I was content with the fact that I was guaranteed a return trip to Roma one day.