It took more than 500 days to bring the 1732 masterpiece back to its old glory. The long restoration works were carried out by a team of 120 persons: 36 workers, 27 technicians, 10 security men, 21 designers and 26 restorers. And the result is simply magnificent.
Rome’s most famous fountain is made of travertine, marble, bricks, stuccoes and metals and each of these materials had to be treated separately with specific actions. The works entailed more than pure restoration: a video-surveillance system was set up along with an anti-pigeon kit, and a new lighting design by Rome’s utility company ACEA makes this landmark even more beautiful.
The water that flows in it comes through the ancient Roman aqueduct of the Virgin Water, made by Marcus Agrippa, from the year 19 B.C. The more than two thousand year old aqueduct is the only one still working among the eleven that supplied the capital of the Roman Empire.
The overall cost of the operation is around 2.2 mln € (2.5 mln $) generously paid by the Roman fashion house Fendi (see their Roman shop’s crazy Christmas decorations here) which is planning to invest in similar projects in Rome with their Fendi for Fountains initiative. The next ones should be the Acqua Paola on the Janiculum Hill, the Pincio hill’s fountain and one not far from the Vatican, in Piazzale degli Eroi.
Yesterday’s inauguration also featured the arrest of two men who tried to steal the coins thrown by tourists eager to visit Italy’s capital soon. Two Romanian guys who didn’t know that also their Roman predecessor “D’Artagnan” was eventually caught by the police….