The district called Trevi is the 2nd rione of Rome. In the times of the Roman Republic it existed of two separate rioni, Alta Semita and via Lata. Its main attraction is of course the Trevi Fountain.
Trevi District Rome (R. II)
The name Trevi is supposed to be of Latin origin, the word trivium referring to the three streets leading to the Piazza dei Crociferi, near the Trevi Fountain.
In the times of the empire the part of Rome near the river was densely populated, whereas the areas on higher land were quieter and populated by fewer, but wealthier Romans. After the fall of the empire people moved to lower grounds whereas construction on the higher parts of the city came to a standstill.
In the Renaissance period many churches and fountains were built in the area. The Pope owned a lot of property in the area around the Quirinal hill, which added to its prestige and importance.
During the reign of Napoleon the Quirinal was to become the center of Imperial power. Unfortunately for the man his empire crumbled before he could fulfill his plans.
The Quirinal did get an important role when Rome became Italy‘s capital, in 1870.
The most important monument in the area is of course the Trevi Fountain. In the Via del Nazzareno a part of the aqueduct leading water to fountain is still visible. Interesting squares are Piazza Barberini (with the Palazzo Barberini) and the Piazza del Quirinale (with the Palazzo del Quirinale). The shopping street Via del Corso is one of the most famous ones of its kind. Another important street is the Via del Tritone. Santa Maria di Loreto is one of the better-known churches. In the old stables of the Quirinal Palace, there is a museum called the Scuderie del Quirinale.
Staying in the Trevi district
Because of its central position, you will hardly need public transportation when exploring the city. Most of the major sites are less than 30 minutes on foot from the rione Trevi and from the Piazza Venezia there are buses in all directions. The Barberini metro stop is located at the northern edge of the district.
The alleys around the fountain are also characterized by the outdoor dining options. Note that there is not much space, however, so you might want to book a table in advance. Accommodation can be hard to come by and is generally not cheap. Booking.com has an extensive list of accommodation options in the Trevi neighbourhood in Rome, from hotels and B&B’s to family apartments.