Trevi district travel guide: all you need to know to this beautiful Rome’s neighborhood

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All you need to know about Rome’s Trevi District: where is it, what to see, best restaurants and hotels in this famous neighborhood in Rome city center.

The Trevi district is a beautiful and elegant neighborhood in Rome’s city center.

The area is best known for the presence of the Trev Fountain, one of Rome’s most famous attractions and it is a popular area for tourists, as it is central, beautiful and well served.

There are many beautiful sights in the Trevi District; however, the large number of visitors can make this area feel a little oppressive at times.

In this guide, we share the best things to see in Rome’s Trevi district and tips for making the most of your time here.

Trevi Fountain on sunny day

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Trevi district at a glance: look and feel

The Trevi district is in the very center of Rome.

The area has the cobbled streets Rome is famous for and develops little like a maze, with pretty roads suddenly opening up on charming squares, hidden passageways and stairs.

Most of the streets in the area are car free.

Many shops and restaurants for these pretty streets, serving the large crowds coming to admire the area’s most famous marvel: the Trevi Fountain.

This neighbourhood is a must see for Rome visitors and it is also one of the best places to stay in Rome if you wan to be right in the centre of everything.

The area is also, however, busy.

The presence of many tourists makes it feel, at times, less authentic than other central areas and the central hours of the day can feel oppressive, due to the number of people and the small space.

Restaurants also tend to be on the tourist side, although there are some exceptions worth noticing (see below out tips about where to eat in this area).

Overall, the best way to enjoy this area is to come here on foot early in the morning or pick accommodation on a quiet street and make the most of it after sunset, once the day trippers have gone.

Trevi District: location and how to get there

The Trevi District is in Rome’s city centre.

It owes its name to the trivium aka the meeting place of three roads that has characterised this location since ancient times.

It is part of Rome’s Rione II and its coat of arms has three diagonal swords on red background.

The area develop below the Quirinale Hill, one of the ancient seven hills of Rome, which overlooks the fountain.

The closest metro station is Barberini.

In terms of boundaries, map lovers will love to know that the Trevi neighborhood develops between: Piazza Madonna di Loreto; Vicolo San Bernardo, Via Magnanapoli, Via XXIV Maggio, Via del Quirinale, Via XX Settembre, Piazza San Bernardo, Via di Santa Susanna, Via Bissolati, Via di San Basilio, Piazza Barberini, Via del Tritone, via del Nazareno, Via del Bufalo, Via del Pozzetto, Piazza San Claudio, Via di Santa Maria in Via, Via delle Muratte, Via del Corso, Piazza Venezia.

This area mixes some large roads with cats and buses and a car free zone close to the Trevi Fountain.

The roads closed to car traffic are immediately around the fountain and now, in large part, devoted to outdoor eating.

If you are coming here by bus, metro or hop-on hop-off tour, you will get off a couple of minutes aways from the Trevi Fountain: no buses stop at the Fountain as such, you can only reach it on foot.

What to see in the Trevi District

The Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Trevi

The Trevi Fountain is the most famous attractions in the Trevi District and also the most popular.

Trevi Fountain Rome

The fountain has ancient origins and gets its refreshing, clear waters from the a Roman Aqueduct dating form the I century BC, Aqua Virgo.

The fountain as we see it today however is a masterpiece of Italian Baroque Art.

In 1732, Pope Clemens XII called for a competition for the design of a new fountain. Architect Nicola Salvi won the commission and started the works: the fountain was then completed by Giuseppe Pannini and inaugurated on the 22nd of May 1762. 

The fountain is 26.3 metres high and 49.15 metres wide and is made of travertine, a stone commonly used in Rome architecture.

You can read here >>> fun and interesting facts about the Trevi Fountain in Rome

The fountain is an urban feature and is, as such, free to visit.

Since it is one of the most famous fountains in Rome and a must-see for many, a large number of tours include a stop here.

Some you may like are:

Trevi Fountain Tour – perfect if you are curious about the fountain and want more than just a photo op! 

Walking Tour of Rome (evening) – a good way to see the Fountain and many other Rome highlights with the aid of a guide, during the quietest hours of the day

Fun Fact! The Fountain lays on Palazzo Poli, an elegant palazzo Liszt chose to showcase his Dante’s Symphony. He said the noise of he cascading water coming in from the windows was the perfect accompaniment to his music!

Palazzo Barberini

On the pen diced of Quirinale Hill, a short walk from the Trevi Fountain, stands Palazzo Barberini, a stunning Rome Palazzo now housing part of the National Gallery of Ancient Art.

Palazzo Barberini owes its name to the family that inhabited in and it is worth visiting inside and out.

Outside, it is a beautiful examples of Roman residential architecture: worth noticing are the large windows on the main facade, the fantastic helicoidal staircase by Borromini and the coat of arms of the Barberini family, with their distinctive bees.

Inside, the palace houses a fantastic art collection that includes, among many others, some of the best Caravaggios in Rome.

Within the property, you also find one of the most peculiar places you can see in Rome, an ancient Mithraeum now called Mithraeum Barberini.

Find here >>> our guide to Palazzo Barberini and tips for visiting

Fontana del Tritone (Triton’s Fountain) and Fontana Barberini

Fontana del Tritone is one of the most famous fountains in Rome and famous as one of Bernini’s masterpieces in Rome.

Tritone Fountain Rome

The Fountain now sits in the centre of a busy junction, Piazza Barberini, and embellishes it with the figure of a large Triton pouring water on a stone basin.

On the same square, there is also another fountain, Fontana Barberini. Also by Bernini, it sits on the side of the square and, like its more famous neighbour, showcases the distinctive Barberini’s bees.

The presence of these two fountains and palazzo barbering make the Trevi district an appealing one for lovers of works by Bernini.

You can find here >>> our guide to Bernini’s Rome.

Palazzo Colonna

Palazzo Colonna is a large, elegant palazzo belonging to the Colonna family and hosting a stunning art collection.

Located in Via del Corso, a short walk from the Trevi Fountain, the palace is worth seeing for its impressive decor, its beautiful gardens and the paintings it houses, a treat for art lovers.

Quirinale and Scuderie del Quirinale

The Trevi district includes the Quirinal Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome and the residence of the President of the Italian Republic.

Obelisk on Quirinal Hill with Palazzo della Consulta in the background

The Quirinal Hill has many beautiful attractions worth seeing including Palazzo del Quirinale (Outside only), the obelisk in front of it and the wonderful exhibition space ‘Scuderie del Quirinale’, one of Rome’s prime art spaces, always housing high level exhibitions and events.

Top tip! From Quirinale Square, you catch lovely sunset views of Rome!

Find here >>> our guide to Quirinal Hill

Where to eat in Rome Trevi District

Restaurants we like in this area are:

Il Chianti – located less than a minute from the Trevi Fountain, this is a traditional Tuscan restaurant with good food and a pleasant outdoor patio. Very popular, if you can come outside the busiest hours you’ll have a quieter experience.

Il Piccolo Arancio – nice, small, family friendly trattoria on the road climbing from the Trevi Fountain to Quirinale

Il Piccolo Buco – a great place for gourmet pizza, often mentioned as one of the best places for pizza in Rome.

Where to sleep in Rome Trevi district: accommodation

Trevi is one of the best areas to stay in Rome if you want to be right in the center of town.

Places we like in the area include:

Palazzo Scanderberg  – elegant suites in lovely Vicolo Scanderbeg, two minutes walk from the Trevi Fountain yet blissfully away from the most noisy area

Relais Trevi 95 – lovely boutique hotel right beside the Fountain, with a beutiful rooftop terrace perfect for the good season

Trevi Fountain 2 Bedroom apartment – lovely family friendly apartment with receptions, perfect if you are looking for a self catering solution in the center of Rome

I hope you enjoyed this quick travel guide to Rome’s Trevi District and it helped you plan your visit. Safe travel planning!

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