NEWS: Trevi Fountain repairs sponsored by Rome Mineral Water companyJun 16th, 2012 | By June | Category: Italian News
Ornate chunks of plaster and stone fell from the celebrated monument at the weekend, . The estimated €200,000 (£162,200) cost of repairing the facade will be borne by Acqua Claudia, an Italian company that produces around 50m bottles of mineral water a year from natural springs on the shores of Lake Bracciano, a volcanic lake just north of the Italian capital.
“My company sells water from Rome and I felt that I could not remain indifferent to the needs of the Trevi Fountain, which is a symbol not only of Rome but of water,” said Mauro De Dominicis, an executive from Acqua Claudia.
“We hope that other companies will come together and participate in the full-scale restoration of the monument.” The offer was welcomed by heritage officials and Gianni Alemanno, the mayor of Rome.
Viewed by millions of tourists a year, the Trevi Fountain was commissioned by Pope Clement XII in 1732 and immortalised in Federico Fellini’s 1960 classic film La Dolce Vita, in a scene in which Anita Ekberg wades into its thigh-deep waters.