Trevi Fountain Again, tourists are at it! This week on TikTok, a video of a woman trespassing on Rome’s famed Trevi Fountain to refill her water bottle has gone viral. The video depicts an unnamed person leisurely filling her drink while deftly balancing atop the rocks at the base of the Baroque Trevi Fountain from the 18th century.
Trevi Fountain This week on TikTok, a video of a woman trespassing on Rome’s famed Trevi Fountain to refill her water bottle has gone viral.
More than 1.3 million people have watched the video, which sparked indignation after a different event in late June in which a tourist was discovered writing his and his lover’s initials on a Colosseum wall.
The incident is seen on camera by Lex Jones as the woman finishes filling up her bottle, exits the Trevi Fountain, and returns to dry land. A security guard wearing a flashing yellow vest meets her there immediately away. After a lengthy exchange in which the intruder appears genuinely perplexed, the two decide to depart the area.
It’s unknown if the woman was fined or subject to any legal repercussions for what she did. The Italian Ministry of Culture has been approached by Hyperallergic for a response.
Rome’s old center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in an effort to prevent illegal behavior and safeguard Italy’s cultural heritage sites, the city amended and enlarged its legislation in 2019. The rule outlaws climbing up on the buildings as well as “bathing in historic Trevi Fountains.” Other prohibited actions include “throwing objects, spilling substances, or immersing animals in them.”
They expressly do not restrict, however, the custom of tossing coins into the Trevi Fountains, which is practiced by both tourists and residents to wish for good luck and a return to the city.
One of Rome’s eleven historic aqueducts, the Aqua Virgo, provides water for the Trevi Fountain. The Aqua Virgo was built in 19 BCE by Roman architect Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa to provide water for the Campus Martius, which was first used as a military training area and later as the location of significant public structures like baths, amphitheaters, theaters, and temples like the Pantheon.
The water in the fountain is cleaned multiple times each week, but it is still unclear if it is safe to drink. Although today’s travel blogs and other websites do, the Aqua Virgo formerly provided pure drinking water for the citizens of Ancient Rome.
Although it’s unclear why the woman took such extraordinary lengths to fill up her bottle, the Mediterranean region’s severe heat this summer may have something to do with it. The landmark monument has long been subject to thoughtless tourists.
Health officials issued a warning about potentially deadly side effects like dehydration as a result of the dangerous flames caused by certain regions’ record-breaking temperatures that have claimed lives and devastated cultural treasures. Even the Acropolis in Athens was forced to close briefly in the middle of July due to the heat.
The popular film was created in response to a protest action by climate activists in May, who used charcoal to turn the fountain’s normally blue waters black to draw attention to Italy’s floods, which are becoming more and more severe due to climate change.