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Italy: Restoration begins on Trevi Fountain
Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino and the management of the Fendi fashion house on Monday afternoon will officially open restoration work on the world-famous Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Restoration begins on Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain walkway is ready, renovation
 starts today [Credit: ANSA]

Workers on Monday morning were giving the final touches on a walkway above the central portion of the fountain which will enable tourists to get a better glimpse of ongoing work on the 18th-cebtury Baroque masterpiece by Nicola Salvi immortalized by many movie stars, including Anita Eckberg and Marcello Mastroianni in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita. A small white fountain was also installed on Monday morning so visitors will still be able to cast their coins for luck.

Water has been drained for the renovation process which is expected to last one year and a half.

Fendi is funding the restoration of the Trevi Fountain in an initiative similar to work on the Colosseum and the Spanish steps, funded respectively by Tod's entrepreneur Diego Della Valle and jeweler Bulgari.

Source: ANSA [June 30, 2014]