We wander the streets, mindful of the Italian style of driving, where drivers prefer to veer around rather than stop for the moving obstacles we call pedestrians. Heading in the general direction of the Piazza di Trevi, passing the Palazzo del Quirinale or Quirinal Palace, down narrow, cobblestone alleyways to where the famous Fontana di Trevi, or Trevi Fountain, can be found.
The fountain itself is huge, almost 26m high and 20m wide. It represents the junction of three roads (tre vie) and the end-point of one of the ancient aqueducts, Acque Virgine. It’s quite a sight and we can see why its such a popular tourist spot and it doesn’t take long for the crowd to build.
Everywhere we look we notice how incredibly old most of the buildings are. Sure, there are modern shops like the United Colors of Benetton directly opposite the Trevi Fountain. But the overwhelming sense is of a city proud of it’s ancient heritage and unashamed of the wrinkles that show it’s age.