How to See the Trevi Fountain in Rome Without the Crowds

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Visiting the Trevi Fountain was one of the top things I was looking forward to when planning a trip to Rome, Italy. So many of the photos and videos I’d seen of the Trevi Fountain were full of thousands of people everywhere, so you could barely see the fountain in the background though. Not my idea of a fun time, especially when I was already paranoid about pickpocketers.

Keep reading to see how you can get you perfect Lizzie McGuire Trevi Fountain experience without the crowds!

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We were in Rome in late July, which is the height of the tourist season. Our first morning in Rome, we decided to walk over to the Trevi Fountain. I knew we had to get there early in the morning to beat the crowds, but I wasn’t sure how early people would be showing up. Unfortunately Rome was our last stop on our four-city European tour, so our jet lag wasn’t waking us up naturally super early in the morning anymore!

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We planned to wake up at 6am but we ended up pressing snooze until 6:30. Woops!

Our Air BnB was less than a 15-minute walk to the Trevi Fountain though, so we got there about around 7:15. There were already a few people there, but not too many. We were able to get tons of photos, and since there were a few people there we were able to ask someone to take a couple of pictures for us, which was awesome.

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The lack of people around also really gave us the opportunity to admire the fountain in peace and throw our coins in without anyone crowding us. It really is super magical, and is totally worth waking up early to get the most out of the experience.

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One funny thing I was not expecting at the fountain were the whistle-happy security guards. Someone sits on the edge of the fountain? Whistle. Someone brings a drink too close to the fountain? Whistle. Someone brings a bicycle near the fountain? Whistle.

Anytime I see people posting pictures of them sitting on the edge of the fountain, all I can think about are those security guards blowing their whistles!

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Have you ever been to the Trevi Fountain? What was your experience like?

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18 Replies to “How to See the Trevi Fountain in Rome Without the Crowds”

  1. This looks so magical!! The next place on my travel list is Rome and I will be taking this tip!! I have wanted to go since seeing the Lizzie McGuire movie when I was younger, so hopefully it’ll happen soon! Great post!

    Paige x

    1. Thank you so much! I felt the same way about Rome after seeing the Lizzie McGuire movie. Such a classic!

  2. Love the Trevi Fountain, but not the crowds. Great advice. Looking forward to your next post.

    1. Thank you so much! I agree, the Trevi Fountain is amazing, and even better without the crowds!

  3. This is awesome! I’ve been planning on making the trip over there this year and this is going to be one of my top sights to see! Great tips – I’ve got it bookmarked 😊😊

    1. Thank you! That’s so exciting you’re going this year! The Trevi Fountain is definitely a must-see, hope you have the best time!

  4. Oh I love Rome! I did the same thing and visited early in the morning and there were only a few others there – so much more pleasant than when you’re battling crowds to even get close to the fountain! The guards are a crack up with their whistling! Xx

    1. So worth it right?? Haha I’d never heard anyone mention the whistling before I went, it was so funny! πŸ˜‰

  5. I saw the Trevi Fountain in the early 2000s. I was with a bunch of Aussies and we spent the entire day drinking by the fountain. We had a blast! A day I’ll never forget!

    1. That sounds so fun! What a great memory!

  6. Gorgeous! Lovely photos!

  7. It looks so lovely without people! Definitely worth waking up for and you guys look so happy which is cute!!! πŸ™‚

    Jenny |

    1. Thank you so much, that’s so sweet! πŸ™‚ It’s definitely much more magical without all the people!

  8. Thanks for the tip., now I know what to do if I ever go! The pictures look lovely and so bright!
    Loren |

    1. Thank you for reading! I hope you get to make it there one day! πŸ™‚

  9. I did this when I visited Venice, I had it all to myself and waking up early is the best thing!

    1. Waking up early is definitely always worth it, especially in busier tourist cities like Rome and Venice!

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