Three Coins in the Fountain

lily pond waterfall

While trying to take a picture of a water lily in my neighbors fish pond I was struck by how lovely the music of the waterfall was.   

lily pond waterfall

There’s something about the tinkling of water in the background that is so relaxing, be it a small backyard waterfall or fountain, or one in a local park or in a big city like Rome.    

concrete structure with group of people statues

Photo by Sarah Acconcia Norris on

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is one of the most famous fountains in the world.  They say if you throw a coin in the Trevi that your return visit to Rome is guaranteed.   Back in the last century during the Audrey Hepburn/Roman Holiday craze there was a movie called Three Coins in the Fountain, a 1950’s chick flick, about this same legend.    I watched it recently (inter-library loan having managed to locate it in some obscure archives, thus saving me the $60 advertised on Amazon), and while as a movie it was rather dated, the scenery and especially the fountains were…….bellisimo.   (Coins are meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder.  An estimated 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain each day.   The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome’s needy;  however, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain, even though it is illegal to do so.   Wikepedia)   

If you are a Frank Sinatra fan like me, the best thing by far about the movie, other than the stylish clothes of the era, was the song of the same name.  

While replying to a comment back in August, I stumbled upon a travel blog about Rome, with lots of gorgeous photos.   So if you wish more information check out this blog……there’s no point in me recapping the whole history of the Trevi fountain when there is a very excellent blogger (Musings of a Whimsical Soul) who already has.    

There are two fountains near where I live, one in a local park where I should be walking every day for exercise but don’t.  There is often a cold wind off the river in the winter and in the summer it is too hot, but I have no excuse for spring or fall.   Still, is is lovely to look at while driving by. 


The other one is a larger more expensive fountain downtown.    Someone with a lot of money and no heirs (or spending their inheritance), bequeathed $250,000 to the city for a waterfront legacy.    Although officially named after it’s benefactor, it is commonly known as the Fish Fountain, because of the fish on the sculpture, thus destroying any hope he might have had for lasting fame.   It looks nicer on a clear blue sky day, not foggy like here.  Although still warm, we have had many cloudy, rainy days in September and a whole week of the same forecast ahead.    


For those of us with less money, the craft store, Michael’s has their fountains on end of season clearance now.   

water fountain

Not quite the Trevi…..

A small indoor fountain can provide some tranquility over the winter as well as add moisture to the dry air. 

 The local garden center was all sold out of outdoor fountains, although they assured me that one of their landscape architects could design me something like this. 

garden waterfall

No thanks, it looks like a cross between a fake fireplace and a sacrificial alter/crypt.   Still, something smaller for next summer would be nice – gardeners like to plan ahead.   In the meantime, I will throw a coin in one of the fountains, and make a wish that the warm weather would never end.   

Arrivederci Summer!    I know someday you will return…

11 thoughts on “Three Coins in the Fountain

  1. homeandharrow says:

    There is something so wonderful about the sound of water trickling! I might need a fountain, since the land around me is not so accommodating and there isn’t a little creek close enough for me to hear 🙂

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  2. invitationtothegarden says:

    “a cross between a fake fireplace and a sacrificial alter/crypt” you say? I have to chuckle chuckle chuckle over that one while I quite agree with you. It’s so apt.

    Yes, I agree about water trickling into a pool. I love my Italian-style wall fountain on my little courtyard. The sounds soothe me — and Charlie, too, my cocker spaniel.

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  3. HappyHauteHome says:

    I love fountains too! One of my favorites it from a scene in the “Sound of Music”, a beautiful fountain in Salzburg. Other than a small tabletop one, we don’t have any in our home…I may need to change that 😉

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  4. lindasschaub says:

    Very interesting post and I had no idea that the Trevi Fountain would glean that much money from the coins tossed into it – that is amazing and I am glad the money is put to good use. I pass a small fountain on my way to the Park every morning. That slight trickling noise as I go past it is very relaxing. Soon the chilly weather will force the homeowner to store it until Spring and I will miss that soothing noise.

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Rome is on my bucket list … someday, maybe, but in the meantime it is nice to see the pictures and read about the touristy places. I’ll bet even on regular days, not the tourist season, you have people tossing coins for luck. Look at the shopping mall fountains –
        ours are always full of coins and they are just a regular fountain, not gorgeous like this one.

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  5. rhc55 says:

    On our one and only visit to Rome 14 years ago (perhaps I should have thrown a coin in…) I was disappointed by the Trevi Fountain as it is so enclosed by buildings that is is hard to get a proper view of it. Rome, however, I loved, especially the fact that around almost every corner you can discover yet another ancient building hidden between more modern ones.
    I do love fountains, large ones in open spaces but also just the soothing sound of running water. I can recommend a trip to the Alhambra in Granada with its many courtyards with running water. It is one of the most peaceful places I can remember visiting.
    We have a tiny pond in our garden. It is very plain and made of concrete and was originally part of a cider press, or so we were told. When we had a patio created whilst having an extension built, we had it sunk into the ground and incorporated into the patio. Far too small to put a fountain into, my husband bought a bare fountain kit – plastic pipe, nozzle and wires – and fixed it up at the edge of the pond with some spare clay roof tiles so the water runs over the tiles and into the pond. All very simple and inexpensive, but it has the desired effect of giving us the calming trickle of water and also the little birds like to sit on the tiles and drink from it.

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    • thehomeplaceweb says:

      It sounds lovely…..I don’t want anything too elaborate or expensive. The only other model the garden centre had (besides the crypt), was so ugly and $300 (on sale) no one would have taken it home. It will be number one on my list for next year.


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