See the sites, connect with your Italian roots and be Italian for the day as you explore Festa Italiana!
Festa is excited to bring back a replica of the famous Trevi Fountain found in Rome Italy to this year’s festival. “La Fontana di Trevi” history dates back to 19 B.C. and is a wonderful example of Baroque art. It was the terminal point of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct commissioned by Augustus, which was used to provide pure water for the thermal baths. It is still one of the chief sources of pure water today and one of the two oldest and best loved fountains in Rome.
The replica, created by Giovanni Bucci, an internationally known sculptor, artist, fabricator and designer, also promises to provide the famous “wish-granting” power the Trevi is known for around the world. Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the Trevi – with your back to the fountain, throwing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder – you will be ensured a return to Rome. Newer stories also say that throwing one coin means a return to Rome, a second coin leads to a new romance, and a third coin leads to marriage.
Marvel at Festa’s replica of one of the greatest works of architecture and engineering in the world! Famous for its ancient gladiatorial shows, epic animal hunts and displays of family power and prestige, the Coliseum in Rome is the largest amphitheater in the world. Completed in 80 AD, the coliseum is the iconic symbol of imperial Rome – and a Festa landmark!
After you’re done riding in one of Festa’s beloved gondolas, take a trip to another famous Venetian site, the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica, located in the Piazza San Marco. The busting landmark is a welcoming beacon in Venice’s principal public square, which is the social, religious and political center of Venice. The bells welcome all who come to Venice, and Festa!
You don’t have to take a trip to the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence to see Michaelangelo’s famous masterpiece, he’s right here at Festa! The replica matches the original 8.5 ton marble statue representing David, the Biblical hero and favored subject in the art of Florence. Festa’s larger than life statue seeks to emulate the 17 feet tall original!