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A Proposal at the Trevi Fountain

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.

A marriage proposal at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Carolina
    July 10, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Ohh that is so lovely!! *.*

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      Nicole
      July 11, 2013 at 3:01 am

      It’s such a romantic spot and so lovely to watch two beautiful couples get engaged!

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    Lauren Meshkin
    July 11, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Aww, what a lovely moment to witness! And such a beautiful location too 🙂
    I cannot wait to see the Trevi Fountain when I visit in the fall!

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    Sofie @ Wonderful Wanderings
    July 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Such a nice story!
    Last year, when I went to Los Angeles with a friend, we concluded our trip by going to las Vegas for two days. We’d been doing a lot of sightseeing and taking dance classes for more than ten days in LA, so we were pretty exhausted when we got to LV. On our second day, after a night of partying (read: even more exhausted), we visited the Venetian. Suddely we came to a part where you have the canals and yes, a man proposed to his girlfriend in one of the gondols. Some people saw it, everyone was smiling and I had to pinch away a tear. It’s so easy to get emotional when you’re tired!
    I looked at my friend and I saw her eyes were glazy as well.
    I think that was my favorite LV moment:)

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    Lavina
    July 12, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Brings back memories!!! My favorite place in Rome! I also got engaged alla Fontana di Trev 🙂 back in February … There was not a soul in site, just us & the roar of the fountain at midnight in the rain haha … Thanks for this- it made me smile

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    Scarlett
    July 12, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    SUCH a cute post, and what a wonderful place to be proposed to! I’ve only been to the Trevi Fountain during the day, I need to go back to see it at night x

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    Audrey - That Backpacker
    July 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    That was a beautiful story! I didn’t realize it was such a popular place for proposals. 🙂 I’ve never witnessed a proposal, but this reminds me of the time I was flying to Tokyo and there was a guy behind me working on the speech he was going to give to his future father in law asking for his daughter’s hand in marriage. The guy was Canadian but he recruited to help of another Japanese traveller to write out the speech in Japanese so that he could practice it on the flight over.

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    Toni
    July 14, 2013 at 4:04 am

    How cute is that and how lovely that you got to witness so beautiful in a strangers life!

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    Sandra
    July 17, 2013 at 1:57 am

    I have been there a couple of years ago with my class, which basically means I couldn’t enjoy it much as I wanted and not like you 🙁
    So I need to go there again!! ^^
    But first I am going to get my italian knoweldge started again, haha!
    Sandra

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    Miranda Risser
    July 12, 2016 at 5:45 am

    What a beautifully told story and moment to witness! I was at the Trevi fountain a few months back and can’t imagine a more perfect place to get engaged. Your Walk of Italy class sounds wonderful as well! What kind of dishes did you make?

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