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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

30/01/2019, 12:28

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #romeisus, #rome, #roma, #guidedtour, #tour, #fontana, #fontanaditrevi, #architettura, #acqua, #acquedotto



THE-ACE-OF-CUPS-OF-THE-TREVI-FOUNTAIN


 The famous Trevi Fountain fascinates millions of tourists every years, for its impressive size, its beauty and reliefs. But there’s also a strange detail that maybe several people don’t see...



The Trevi Fountain is one of the main attractions of #Rome and probably the most important and impressive #fountain of the Eternal City. Millions and millions of people come here every year, appreciating the marble statues and reliefs, throwing coins hoping to come back in Rome, as the legend says. I think that is not a case if so many people come here and if, three centuries ago, the Trevi Fountain was built in 30 years! Yes, because we are at the 1731 when the Pope Clemente XII established a contest in order to find a project for a new fountain which should lean on one of the facades of the Poli Palace. For centuries Popes and architects found solutions and projects to make that, and at the and a French sculptor won this contest: his name was Lambert Sigisbert Adam. We don’t know why (there are different interpretation), but Adam abandoned the site construction. And so the Italian architect Nicola Salvi became the main architect of the real and important masterplan. The Trevi Fountain was completed and inaugurated just at the 1762, with the other architect Giovanni Pannini who followed what Salvi prepared. But now there is something nice to show you... Having the Trevi Fountain in front of you go to right and turn around the monument. You must have the Trevi Fountain at your left. Before the militar checkpoint you will find a strange, big travertine vase (watch the photo): it is the so called "Asso di Coppe" (Ace of Cups"). This nice nickname comes from the cards, and the Ace of Cups is one of the most important figures of the pack of cards. So, the question is? Why this unusual element here, something that is completely different from the context of the Trevi Fountain? According to the legend the problem was a...barber! He had is shop just here, next to the square where the Trevi Fountain was under construction. It seems that this barber used to criticize a lot the architect Nicola Salvi, his project and his creation. Everyday the barber found something to say to Nicola, telling him or the details that he didn’t like. Probably the poor Nicola Salvi could not endure the barber anymore, and he found a strange solution to stop him! He made this "Asso di Coppe" a huge travertine vase which was put along the left platform of the Trevi Fountain, just in front of the shop of the barber! In this way for him was not to easy to criticize something that could not be seen in an easy way, due to this big obstacle. His visual was closed! Imagine also the irony of the all history: the "Asso di Coppe" looks like the small containers used by the barbers... #atourguiderome #romeisus #Rome #fountain #water 


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