I sat gazing at the Trevi Fountain for the second night in a row. The sound of running water on a city not by the sea was music to my ears and I sat in a trance listening to the pounding of the waterfalls reverberating around the marble amphitheatre and buildings.
My belly was full from my Walks of Italy pasta making class, my brain was slightly fogged by the copious amounts of red wine consumed, and I was in my dream country – Italy eating a gelato.
This was perfection.
Moments ago a cheer had passed through the crowds as a proposal took place in the centre of the fountain, the woman proudly holding her hand aloft for the crowds to see her ring and cheer for her.
I joined in but with the crowd thick with visitors it was difficult to see to the fountain edge.
I gazed over Neptune, the centre piece of the Trevi Fountain. He was so perfect, standing there among his horsemen, horses and the tidal waves formed around him; God of the sea, horses, fertility and some say influencer of love, the thunder of his water keeping conversations private affairs between the groups of people sharing his fountain.
As the flow of people began to subside two people walked to the vacant side of the fountain. I glanced away, it was nothing new to see lovers taking in the fountain or sitting to the side to have an intimate moment together and the newly engaged woman was still showing off her ring to the crowds.
A man selling flowers quickly walked past me and caught my attention. Turning my head I realised that the man had dropped to one knee and the woman was crying as she was presented with a little white box.
Amongst the crowd and sellers, over the roar of Neptune’s water, and amongst the chaos of Italy the couple managed a few moments of peace and shared something beautiful that would change their lives forever.
It wasn’t long before the crowd had their attention fixed on them and the cheering and applause began as she hugged her fiance tight and he finally stood.
It was perfection.
Soon the moment was lost and the sellers descended on them. Flowers, photos, they all wanted a piece of the now-engaged couples special night. Hugging they walked away together, the woman with a smile on her face and the man looking proud.
A little later I threw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, not for me but for the newly engaged couple in hope that Neptune blesses their love, their engagement and their life.
So, Auguri ai novelli fidanzati! I wish you both the best on your engagement and everything that lies ahead.