Lonely Planet Writer

Rome's Trevi Fountain colonised by enormous rats

A colony of ten to 20 rats, some measuring up to 20-centimetres long, have made Rome’s famous Trevi Fountain into their adventure playground.

The Trevi Fountain before the restoration works.
The Trevi Fountain before the restoration works. Image by David Jones / CC BY 2.0

The fountain has been drained while it undergoes restoration work. Each night the rats emerge from the fountain’s drains, play in its empty tanks and climb on its statues, much to the amusement of tourists and the consternation of locals. It is believed that the rats have been attracted to the piazza by bags of food waste left out in the street overnight by local restaurant owners. Read more: thelocal.it