It’s very hard to go to Rome and not want to track down one of its most famous fountains – the Fontana di Trevi. The allure of a flick of a coin securing your return to Rome is also very strong.

I’d seen the Fontana di Trevi on a previous visit to Italy, but was nonetheless drawn to visit it again and again during my year-long sojourn in Rome.

Approaching the Fontana di Trevi via one of the seven or so streets that lead to the piazza where it is, tucked away a few streets back from the main street of Rome Via del Corso, I am always struck by how jam packed with tourists it is. I’m also struck by how small the piazza where the Fontana di Trevi is, given how overwhelmingly spectacular the actual fountain is.

Designed by Nicola Salvi in 1762, the Fontana di Trevi is a vast fountain with a wall of the Palazzo Poli as a back drop.

Neptune and his chariot, sculpted by Bracci, surge out of the gushing water.

The water source dates back to 19 BC.