Rome’s iconic fountain returns to its original splendour
The Trevi Fountain is without a doubt, the world’s most famous and recognisable fountains. Made famous in films such as Federico Fellini's film La Dolce Vita and the 1953 film Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, the Trevi Fountain has certainly made a deep impression in popular culture.
Designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci in 1762, the fountain located in the Trevi district of Rome, Italy, stands as the largest Baroque fountain in the city. The fountain was recently a recipient of a well-deserved makeover to restore it to its former glory.
In January 2013, designer brand FENDI announced the restoration of the 26.3 metre high, 49.15 metres wide fountain under its patronage amounting to USD $2.4M. The involvement progressed into an ambitious project for the preservation of cultural heritage of the Italian city, which included the restoration of the complex of the Four Fountains that was completed in May 2015.
Still, it was the Trevi Fountain that remained the most important and laborious of the project and after 17 months since the beginning of the restoration works, the water of the Trevi Fountain has started flowing once again.
Playing with creativity, the fountain 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 monuments in the world.
Similar to the to the Italian fashion house, the Trevi fountain is steeped in tradition and history. Visitors throng in large numbers to the attraction to toss coins into the fountain. The act was so iconic that it spawned the theme for 1954's Three Coins in the Fountain, bagging an Academy Award for best song.
According to reports, an estimated 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day, with the proceeds going towards charity. The restoration of the Trevi Fountain took approximately 516 working days to complete with over 26 restorers working on the project.
In addition to the Trevi Fountain being an iconic and must-see tourist attraction in Europe, it has also become a hit in cyberspace, with a reported 59,092 daily visits on the website, along with a 2,867 downloads on IOS Apps and 1,721 downloads on Android Apps.