Trevi is a perfect neighborhood for spending a nice holiday in Rome. The neighborhood features pretty much everything a tourist may long for: the famous fountain, churches filled with masterpieces, romantic alleys filled with shops. The area is well connected to all the tourist destinations of the capital: the spanish steps are 10 minutes away by foot. Piazza Navona is 15 minutes away. By public transportation you can reach the Vatican in 15 minutes and the Colosseum in 25 minutes.

Must see

Trevi Fountain. Stop and admire the famous rococo-style fountain that portraits the God Ocean on a cart led by tritons and pulled by winged horses. According to the tradition, if you throw a coin in the fountain you’re bound to return to Rome. Another traditional tale says that, back when the water was drinkable, young women had the habit of offering a glass of water to their boyfriends when their boyfriends were about to leave town. The women then would break the glass, a gesture that was considered a lucky charm because it meant that her boyfriend would remain faithful to her.

S. Andrea al Quirinale Church. The Trevi neighborhood hosts many works by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his rival Francesco Borromini. We start off our itinerary with the Sant’Andrea al Quirinale church built between 1658 and 1678, designed by Bernini. It’s located in Via del Quirinale n. 30 and it’s open from Tuesday to Saturday 8.30 am to 12 am and from 2:30 pm to 6 pm. On Sunday and holidays from 9 am to 12 am and 3 pm to 6 pm.

S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane Church. It’s the first roman Church designed by Borromini and it’s widely considered a masterpiece of the baroque architecture. Thanks to a complicated design of concave and convex spaces, the artist managed to create a sense of wide space into a very restricted area. It’s located in via del Quirinale n. 23 and it’s open only in the morning from 10 am to 1 pm Monday to Saturday and from 12 am to 1 pm on Sundays (mess is at 11 am).

City of water. Between 1999 and 2001, while restoring the ex Trevi movie theatre the workers discovered an imperial era house, a water tank (probably the castellum aquae of the Vergine acqueduct) and other ruins. Among those the face of Alessandro Helios. A visit to the archeological area allows you to notice the different “layers of time” through the main events of the city of Rome: the huge fire under Nerone, the building of the Aqua Virgo, the sack of Alarico, and the siege of Goti. The area is open Monday to Friday from 11 am to 5:30 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm. It’s located in vicolo del Puttarello n. 25. The ticket costs 3 Euros. Guided visit upon reservation are 6 Euros.

Santa Maria della Vittoria Church. Going up Via del Quirinale you get to via XX Settembre. At n. 17 you will find the Santa Maria della Vittoria Church, that features the bliss of Santa Teresa sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1646. It’s a can’t miss. The opening time is 8:30 am -12:00 am and 3:30 pm -6:00 pm on weekdays and Saturdays. On Sundays it’s open between masses.


Exhibitions

Quirinale Palace and Scuderie del Quirinale. You can visit the Quirinale Palace and its gardens by booking 5 days in advance. The Scuderie del Quirinale always feature notable exhibitions. It’s open from 10 am to 10 pm from Monday to Thursday. Friday and Saturdays closing time is extended to 10:30 pm. You’re allowed to get in up until an hour before closing time.

Wax museum. The Wax Museum is located in piazza SS. Apostoli, 68/A. It’s the biggest in Italy and third in Europe for number of statues. It was founded in 1958 by Fernando Canini. After visiting the museums of London and Paris he decided that also Rome deserved one to keep up with the other european metropolitan cities.


Nightlife

Sunset from Piazza del Quirinale. From the high position of the square that hosts the residence of the President of the Republic you can check out breathtaking sunsets. Also take advantage of the location to admire the obelisk of the Augusto’s mausoleum and the statues of the Dioscuri. If you happen to be there on a Sunday you can see the change of guard that is scheduled at 4 pm except in the summertime that is at 6 pm.

Teatro Sistina. The Trevi neighborhood is rich of theatres. Sistina is the most famous because many famous artists have performed on that very stage. You can check out musical comedies and big productions.

Teatro Quirino. Dedicated to the actor Vittorio Gassman, this theathre features plays by great playwrights such as Pirandello, De Filippo, Dumas and Schiller.

Nightlife spots. There are several spots where you can spend a pleasant time, with some events dedicated to the burlesque.


Shopping

Stores and small shops. Trevi is filled with stores. Lots of them sell souvenirs and kitsch knick knacks but you can still find artisan small shops.

Via Veneto, via del Tritone and via del Corso. These three streets are basically Rome’s commercial hub so don’t miss out on talking a walk there. You will find the big time brands but also stores and franchisings that sell at a more reasonable prices.

La Rinascente. Inaugurated in October 2017 in Via del Tritone n. 61, it is a 15000 square-meter mega store divided into 8 floors with a balcony with a breathtaking view. There’s also a historical corner, that is a tribute to the roman tradition. The eleven years of digging and building have revealed an old roman acqueduct, embedded in the building. It’s open generally from 9:30 am to 11 pm except on holiday and pre-holiday days.

Galleria Colonna or Galleria Albero Sordi. Dedicated to the great late roman actor, the Galleria of Piazza Colonna features more than 20 stores. It’s open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 9 pm. On Saturdays from 8:30 am to 10 pm and on Sundays from 9:30 am to 9 pm.

 

Where to eat

Antico Forno. If you wish to satisfy your hunger without spending too much we suggest to eat something on the fly. You can get a great sandwich at Antico Forno in Via del Tritone, where you can also get stuffed “pizza bianca” (plain pizza).

Alice Pizza. If you get a craving of pizza al taglio, in via San Basilio 56 (near piazza Barberini and via Veneto) you will find an Alice Pizza, which is a big time pizza franchising in the capital.

Il Chianti Winery. A few steps away from Trevi Fountain, this winery located in via del Lavatore n. 81 offers dishes of the tuscan culinary tradition, big salads and pizzas. We also recommend the desserts especially the pistachios semifreddo.

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How to get to Trevi

Subway:You can reach the Trevi area comfortably by line A of the subway. Get off at Barberini.

Bus: The area is well served by public transportation. Several bus lines run along via del Tritone and via Veneto.

Taxi. There are two taxi stations in via del Tritone. Not all vehicles accept credit cards or debit cards. Further away, in Piazza San Silvestro, taxis stationed in the square accept cards.

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