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Famous fountains

When I visited Rome a few years ago with my mother, one of our stops was at the famous Trevi Fountain. She had tossed a lira in it 30 years ago on her first trip to Rome, so it seemed that the legend does indeed come true: Those who throw a coin in the fountain are destined to return to the city someday. Unfortunately, this sunny day was so crowded we could barely get close enough to the fountain to even take a picture, but it was beautiful nonetheless. Before leaving, I managed to throw a euro in the water, so only time will tell if I’ll ever be back.

Trevi Fountain, like many in Italy, was designed to mark the endpoint of one of Rome’s ancient aqueducts. Other fountains were created merely for entertainment or as showpieces, like those at Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles. Some started almost as an accident: Geneva, Switzerland’s famous Jet d’Eau began as a way to release water pressure in a lake, but became a beloved part of the city.

Fountains are fascinating landmarks of any city lucky enough to have one. We searched the world for our favorite examples, new and old, of fountains that are worth visiting in your travels. See what we found in the new Bing Travel slide show, Famous Fountains.

What’s your favorite fountain? Share it by leaving a comment below.



  • If you are in Ohio, don't miss Dayton's "Fountain of Lights" at RiverScape MetroPark.  It is located in the heart of downtown near I-75.   It sprays 5 huge arcs of water into an area where two rivers intersect.    People can see it from miles away on a clear day.  They also have bike trails along the waterfront and paddleboats you can rent to enjoy the area.   It's amazing!

  • The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc in Barcelona, Spain is amazing!  In the 1980s, music was incorporated with the light show and the fountain.

  • The Magic Fountains of Montjuic in Barcelona Spain I think should be in this category. Once you see it you will fall in love again.

  • the naked gods in Monterry Mexico

  • How about the World of Color fountains & show at Disney's California Adventure? That's the most spectacular fountain & light show I've ever seen

  • What happened to Fountain Hills az. (biggest in the world)

  • been to trevi and threw my coin in. waiting to go back., has to be the most beautiful in  the world got up front

    because it wasn't busy in april.

  • No mention of the fountain in Fountain Hills, AZ. The town is named after it and yet it does not make your list. Hmmmmmm some list !!!

  • Check  out  the  fountain  in  Hyde  Park  in  Sydney.

  • SAARC fountain in Dhaka, Bangladesh should be included here in consideration of its theme and spirit.

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  • There's a fountain in the courtyard of the Mosque-Cathedral in Cordoba Spain that spins a wheel that rings a tiny bell and sprays water out of the top while turning around in circles.  It was a delightful uplifting sight.

  • Thanks for sharing the article.This is similar in Vietnam.People do that for luck,especially when they go to the temples or pagodas at the beginning of the new year.

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