The Fontana di Trevi, the Trevi fountain, is one of Rome’s most well known sights. Everyone who comes to Rome knows about the custom of people throwing a coin into the water to make sure they’ll return.

But not everyone knows that there’s a small rectangular basin to the right, away from the fountain, with two small spouts: this is the fountain of lovers.

Young lovers who drink at the fountain will stay in love forever and will remain forever faithful the one to the other.  It was a simple ceremony that took place when the young man had to leave the city, above all when he would be absent for a long time, as in the case of military service. On the evening before the young man’s departure, the couple would go to the fountain. The girl would fill a glass which had never been used before and hand it to her lover. The glass was broken and the girl could be sure she would not lose the one she loved.

There is an explanation for this rite. Tradition has it that all who drank the Trevi water while recalling Rome would always also remember those who loved them and who remained here, in Rome.