After 17-months restoration, Trevi Fountain reopens in Rome!Embed from Getty Images
No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Fontana di Trevi. Located in the Quirinale district, the huge Trevi Fountain is one of the famous sights of Rome and its most magnificent fountain.
The fountain was completed in 1762 and its waters are those of the “Acqua Vergine Antica”, an aqueduct built by Agrippa in 19 BC to supply his public bath near the Pantheon. It also feeds the fountains of Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Navona and Piazza Farnese.
The fountain became famous in 1960 with the release of the film “La Dolce Vita” and was restored for the first time in 1989-91.
It was back in 2012 when the Roman officials of archaeology witnessed the crumbling of the Trevi Fountain and decided to refurbish the property. However due to financial emergency, the city was unable to undertake this million-dollar project, which is when italian fashion luxury house Fendi took over the responsibility.
The renovation project has given life to one of the most innovative work-sites ever conceived before for this kind of operation, without interrupting the fruition of one of Rome’s most beautiful and visited monument in the world. This philanthropic act has started an ambitious project for the preservation of cultural heritage of the city by the luxury fashion brand called “Fendi for Fountains”. It also includes the restoration of the Quattro Fontane, the late Renaissance fountains which grace each corner of a busy intersection in the capital.
It was not the only fashion house to leap to the aid of the eternal city’s ailing monuments: luxury jeweller Bulgari has begun cleaning up the city’s famous Spanish Steps, while shoemaker Tod’s is financing works at the Colosseum.
After a prolonged closure while it was being refurbished by Fendi (who reportedly spent a cool $2.2 million), the fountain has just reopened with an official ceremony better than ever and the restoration included the installation of more than 100 LED lights to improve the nighttime illumination of the fountain.
So, it’s time to book tickets and get to Rome to see it!