Fontana di Trevi (La Citta Eterna) – The Lizzie McGuire Movie (Kristel Anne B. Poyaoan)


Lizzie and Gordo at the Trevi Fountain


Hey now! Hey now! This is what dreams are made of.

 I’ve got somewhere I belong. I’ve got somebody to love.

This is what dreams are made of.

Lizzie McGuire is my childhood. I think every girl of my generation once had wished to be like her, the cute, sweet, and smart girl who loves adventures. As a child who grew up watching Disney Channel, I think Lizzie McGuire is the best series ever. Even before Hannah Montana, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez appeared, Lizzie McGuire, played by Hilary Duff, is the most adorable girl in Disney Channel.

I’m trying to remember how many times I’ve watched the movie. I think I’ve seen it more than ten times already. I will never get tired watching it because it reminds me so much of my childhood. From the first time I’ve watched it, it made me believe that dreams do come true. From an ordinary high school girl, she became a famous pop star for a night.

Time passed. I grew up and watched the movie again. I saw the movie in a different perspective. It’s not just about dreams coming true. The movie also includes romance. It was filmed in one of the most romantic cities in the world, Rome. I’ve read from a website that when you spell Roma inversely, it will result to Amor. Amor, in Italian, means Love.

I grew up again, went to college, and studied ID14. I became familiar with the history of western art and architecture. When I watched the movie again, I was able to identify historical landmarks. It includes the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum, and of course, the Trevi Fountain where it all started.

“The Trevi Fountain was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Pietro da Cortona in the 17th century. And it took about years to finish this bad boy. Throughout history, people have come all over the world to make a wish and toss their coin in the Trevi Fountain.” This is how Miss Ungermeyer, Lizzie’s high school principal, introduced the Trevi Fountain to them in their two week stay in the La Citta Eterna.

The Trevi Fountain was the most beautiful Baroque fountain in Rome. Pope Urban VIII asked Bernini to design the fountain. When the pope died, Pope Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi to build the fountain at the Trevi Square. Salvi followed Bernini’s design with Cortona’s influence. The monumental fountain was completed in 1762. The central figure of the fountain was Neptune. He was riding a chariot with two horses. One horse is calm and obedient. The other was the opposite. The difference represents the moods of the ocean. In the right is the statue of Health and in the left is the statue of Abundance.

It was a class trip that brought Lizzie to Rome to visit different historical landmarks. Lizzie tossed a coin into the fountain for good luck and it was then when she met Paolo Valisari, a famous pop star. Paolo asked Lizzie to meet him again at the Trevi Fountain because he claims that his singing partner, Isabella Parigi, really looks like her. The next day, Lizzie pretended to be sick so she can go on a drive with Paolo. Paolo asked her if she could present the award in the International Music Awards as Isabella to prevent Isabella from being sued. Paolo taught her the things she needed to learn and do for the event. She figured that they needed to sing in the IMA so Paolo told him to lip-synch like what Isabella was doing. She continued to go out with Paolo and rehearsed for the event up to the point that Gordo, her best friend, needed to cover up for her by admitting that he was the one sneaking out of the hotel. Gordo did it because he was in love with Lizzie and he cares a lot about her.

On his way to board the plane back to the U.S., Gordo saw the real Isabella. He explained to her what was going on. It was revealed then that Paolo is only using Lizzie to destroy his ex-girlfriend’s career. Isabella was the one singing live while Paolo was the one lip-synching. In the end, Isabella, Gordo and Lizzie made Paolo sing, “really sing, not lip synch.” Lizzie ended up conquering the stage and singing “What Dreams Are Made Of.”

Tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain really brought Lizzie good luck. It made her into an international pop star. However, the legend says that when you toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, you will be able to return to Rome. It neither brings good luck nor makes a person’s wish come true. Lizzie made her own destiny. We should also make our own.

                                                                                      – Kristel Anne B. Poyaoan


                                                                                         March 12, 2012  10:41 pm



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