Begin your stay in Rome with a visit to the iconic Trevi Fountain (John recommends coming here in the evening, when it’s less crowded than during the day). According to legend a young virgin led Roman soldiers to a spring outside the city in 19 BC, and Emperor Augustus subsequently built an aqueduct from the spring to the fountain, providing water to Rome for hundreds of years. The fountain that stands on the site was designed primarily by architect Nicola Salvi in the 1700s. It’s a popular tradition for visitors to throw a coin into the fountain—reportedly if you do, you are guaranteed to return to the Eternal City one day. Afterwards, it’s less than 10 minutes along historic streets to your home in Rome, the Hassler Roma for dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant Imàgo.
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