The Trevi Fountain in Rome is one of the world's best-known water features. Legend has it that if you throw a penny into the fountain – facing away and throwing with your right arm over your left shoulder – you guarantee yourself a return trip to Rome. Visitors naturally fall head over in heels in love with the city, and so flock to the Trevi Fountain to ensure a swift return. That the center of Rome is busy shouldn't come as any great surprise, and this most famous of fountains is certainly no exception. Getting to the fountain early in the morning or at dusk is the best time to dodge the dense, penny-flinging crowds and really take in its beauty.
Staying in a hotel somewhere nearby makes a lot of sense, then, as you can get up to throw your penny first thing before setting off to see more of the sights. There are plenty within walking distance, too: pretty piazzas, ornate churches including the Chiesa di Santa Maria in Via and the Chiesa di Sant' Ignazio di Loyola, and the splendid palaces of Barberini and Quirinal. Yes, there are lots of tourists in Trevi. But you won't mind too much, as there are also lots of magnificent monuments.