Chronicle of the Public Fountains of Italy: Replacing Aqueducts
Aqueducts, once the sole way of obtaining water, were terminated in Rome under the leadership of Pope Nicholas V. The Fountain of Trevi, which used to be named the Aqua Virgo fountain, underwent a change, increasing the water supply and changing the water to flow from the main stream of the fountain instead of through an aqueduct this was to help supply Emperor Agrippa's baths. To increase water pressure, Pop Nicholas V. in 1453, tethered the main stream of the aqueduct instead of just using a single branch of the aqueduct. It was at this point in time that the name Aqua Virgo, which was said to have come from the spring that was discovered by Virgo, was renamed to the Trevi. The water flows from a very decorative piece that forms a single wall of the Palazzo Poli. In the center of the alcove, you can find Neptune. In this location, Neptune is followed on each side by statuary of Health and Fertility. It was thought that this design was created by Salvi, someone who was unknown at the time. We can now speculate that Salvi's design was actually mocked off of a fountain created by Berini called the Fountain of the Triton. This fountain is said to be one of the best creations by Bernini as it features a triton blowing his horn to the heavens, upon a dolphin. While the fountain of Trevi is widely known, upon closer look, this fountain is actually quite over done. The detailing of the fountain is much too elaborate and it lacks a sense of serenity. This fountain features a basin, in which citizens and travelers often throw a coin into to assure their future return to Rome someday. is a sentimental aspect of the culture today. Citizens throw coins into the fountain, assuring their future return to Rome.
Another popular fountain is the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele at Fanze, which was created in 1921. The town of Fano included a temple of Fortune. This temple featured a fountain that was surrounded by a goddess statue. It was finished around 1576, the statue was added in a more recent year.