Postcard #11. The Trevi Fountain

Margaret from Mermaid Waters requested this postcard. She’s never been to Rome but wanted me to throw some coins into the fountain for her, as is customary when one visits the fountain.

Before I left for Rome, she gave me two old Greek coins to throw in, because her husband is Greek and Greece holds a special place in their heart.

When I arrived, I was struck by the pandemonium, no matter what time you visit the fountain, day or night, it is impossible to get a nice clear photograph of it. As fountains go, it’s also fairly chaotic in its design. It’s not the nice neat circular fountain I was expecting. It is built into the wall of a building and all manner of water beasts seem to be lunging out of it. The combination of cascading water, 1000s of people and crazy sculptures gave the whole place a sense of chaos and excitement.

I sat down on a wall and arranged the little pile of the coins I had in my pocket on the wall and converted them to “Trevi” coins, by sketching the horses and people in place of the Euros and Dimes. Then I threw the Greek coins into the fountain and made a wish for Margaret to come to Rome one day and I thought that was the end of it, but when I got back to the hotel, one of my fellow students suggested I paint the watercolour using water from the actual fountain. What a great idea! So back I went with a water bottle and some friends to stand in front of me whilst I dipped the bottle in the water. There are several noisy guards around the fountain who blow whistles and yell at you if you so much as put your hand in the water—obviously they are permanently worried about the 1000s of coins being stolen and are vigilant at all times, but with the help of my obstructors, I was able to steal a little water and I used it to paint the watercolours on this postcards.


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