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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Ian Spicer

    I was there 3 weeks ago and although a little disappointed I could still see how beautiful it is. I agree that a restoration project on this scale takes time, money and a very skilled workforce. I am sure that the end result will be magnificent. So much so that I have booked my next holiday to revisit next July.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Dinamo

    like no one knows that one has to be highly experienced to work on the Trevi Fountains... i think some of you a bit naive to think this is just a technical matter . For how much skill and patience is needed for this work, for how magnificent the T.F is the length of the works goes beyond that, and you can hear art experts saying that all the time. I can't say much because of moderation but read about Trinità dei Monti and maybe a critical eye will formulate criticism of what is happening. I add just that.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Jeff Attrell

    In replie to your comments Plottigat you are correct it is a very very skilled job to restore this magnificent fountain of which there are 100s in Italy and the whole world for that matter that would be queuing up to work on this project if asked.

    As for anyone being able to work on the scaffold. It takes many years and qualifications to become a scaffolder and they wouldn't let just anyone work on this project.

    Your comments show you know nothing about it and if you are anything to do with this major project you are in the wrong job.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Dinamo

    @ Plottigat No one is saying that they should do a crap job in order to complete the works as soon as possible, I believe you miss-understood most of us. And on the second point, they should have find a way to find better agreement with workers. This goes beyond my competence on how to do it and where to get the money but they should have found a way to complete the work earlier. By keeping such attraction close for so long not affects tourism, the "Italian Oil" in this time of economic recession.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Plottigat

    1) Nobody has ever said that the restoration was going to be finished within spring 2015. They have always said "late fall 2015".
    2) they don't work at night for 2 reasons: first it's more expensive, you must give workers more money.
    Second, restorers aren't unskilled workers, it isn't as if anyone could do almost anything. It takes a high-level curricula and many years of certified experience to be allowed to work at the Trevi Fountain.
    Hence it should be quite clear that they work at night to dismantle the scaffolding because that's a job that anyone can do.
    I get it may be frustrating, but this is the Trevi Fountain not a Disney's attraction. You can send all the emails you want, restorers work for future generations, not for todays's tourists. It will take the time that it takes.

  • avatar
    • 4 weeks ago
    • Dinamo

    You welcome people :)

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    • 1 month ago
    • Fran insinga

    Dinamo thank you for the updated information. I do understand how problems are discovered during the process that were unanticipated. I do not understand why they cannot work during the night. At one point they DID work throughout the night to dismantle the walkway and had heavy equipment hauling it out with fountain well illuminated. But as you said, we will just have to wait and see.

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    • 1 month ago
    • %arc

    @dinamo, thanks for your update and details on the restoration project evolution.I'm so jealous to see that you're there every day and I can just watch it over Skyline Webcam.
    It is anyway better to have a slow but well done work than to push to have it done on timing but not done as that master piece deserve it

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    • 1 month ago
    • Dinamo

    UPDATE: Yesterday I spoke with a woman who is in direct contact with the superintendent for the restoration works of the Trevi Fountain. She referred to me that delay is caused primary by new discoveries that have been found during the works, unexpected issues, and ultimately difficulties with receiving some funds (she didn't tell me much about this last aspect). Anyway this woman said that the works should be completed late September or October but I have a feeling that it will be in November. When I asked her about accelerating the works, she replied to me that they have already a lots of pressure from public and art and cultural institutions and they already accelerated them. Also I asked if there was a chance to work during the night with proper illumination but she said that due to security labor laws this is not possible (kind of strange to me since I have seen even recently workers restoring old monuments and new buildings at night). Anyway I think we will just have to wait to see this beauty opened to the public once again. At this point it is all we can do.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Amanda

    That should say *a push* lol

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    • 1 month ago
    • Amanda

    That is SO disappointing, Fran! I am holding out and praying they finish in time...maybe if we keep e-mailing them, they can put apish on things! :( Have a fun and safe trip (even if we may not get to see the Trevi.... *heart broken*

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    • 1 month ago
    • Fran insinga

    Amanda, I am traveling at the same time. But I received information from one of the sites I emailed saying it wouldn't be completed until November. Originally, the completion date was for this past spring. I'm hoping as well that it is somehow completed by the time I get there. And yes, it certainly is hard to tell exactly what is being done through the skycam. I believe the covering must be to shelter the workers from the hot sun, but that is an assumption. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Amanda

    Dinamo-
    I assume you are living in Rome? It is hard to tell what the progress is from the SkyCam - I check it often. Are they working on it each day or one day here, one day there? I am travelling to Rome in September and I am desperate to see the Trevi completed - it is my dream to see it!! I pray each night they finish on time before my trip!! <3

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    • 1 month ago
    • Dinamo

    Work are continuing today !! Yeag!
    @ Dougies, this is the email: urc@comune.roma.it this should be enough

    Saluti to Bella Inghilterra! I love it there!

Trevi Fountain - Rome

It is one of the most famous and recognizable symbols of Rome in the world and one of the most beautiful fountains of the Italian capital, an impressive masterpiece of late Baroque architecture, sculpture and engineering (1735) by Nicola SalviTrevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) and its magnificent backdrop Poli Palace (Palazzo Poli) dominate Trevi Square (Piazza Trevi).

The construction of the Aqueduct Virgin (Aqua Virgo, Acquedotto Vergine), still in use since the Emperor Augustus' period, has strongly influenced its history, it seems that its name derives from the Latin word "trivium" (Treio), meaning a crossing of three roads, the fountain marks the exact terminal point of the aqueduct; the ancient three spouts pouring water into three separate tanks were replaced in 1453 with a larger rectangular basin by Leon Battista Alberti upon the desire of Pope Nicholas V; the aqueduct was later restored in obedience to Pope Pius V's wishes in 1570 and in 1640 taken again in consideration upon request from Pope Urban VIII by Gian Lorenzo Bernini whose assignment was to embellish the fountain and the square with a more imposing style, this in order to glorify the close Barberini Palace (Palazzo Barberini); the square was partly enlarged and the fountain resited from the other side of the square to face the Quirinal, unfortunately after a few years the project was abandoned due to pope's death and the lack of funds; since then the fountain underwent numerous but unsuccessful interventions until the Dukes of Poli, the new Pope Innocent XIII's family, decided to expand their property by including a palace in Trevi Square with a fountain lying on its façade, but only in 1731 the direction has finally changed, Pope Clement XII set up a competition to find an artist able to rebuild the fountain, the winner was Nicola Salvi who proposed to work on the basis of some original Bernini’s sketches, four years later the fountain was partly completed; after a number of different vicissitudes and sculptors only under the Pontificate of Pope Clement XIII and the work of Giuseppe Pannini the fountain was finally completed and inaugurated in 1762.

Trevi Fountain is really impressive, the taming and the power of the waters its main themes, the large rectangular basin with rounded corners collects waters flowing from different points, in the middle of a long rocky reef a magnificent statue symbolizing "Oceanus" (Neptune, Nettuno) emerges from a large niche standing atop a shell-shaped chariot drawn by two winged horses (representing the changing mood of the sea, calm and rough waters) both led by two mermen; two smaller side niches flanking Ocean host "Healthiness" (Salubrità) and "Abundance" (Abbondanza), these thee statues are bounded by four large corinthian columns supporting two bas-relief panels and four smaller allegorical statues symbolizing the four seasons, "Abundance of Fruit" (Abbondanza della Frutta), "Fertility of the Fields", (Fertilità dei Campi), "Products of Autumn" (Ricchezza dell’Autunno) and "Amenity of Gardens" (Amenità dei Giardini), in central position stands the great commemorative inscription affixed upon request from Pope Clement XII.

Although Salvi engineered the general concept, the magnificence of the fountain and the complexity of its statues have required the participation of many artists, "Oceanus", the horses and the mermen, for example, were initiated by Maini but after his death finished by Bracci, "Healthiness" and "Abundance" are della Valle's works, the two bas-reliefs have been carved by Bergondi (Agrippa) and Battista Grossi (the Roman virgin), the four upper statues are Corsini, Ludovisi, Queirolo and Pincellotti's works, this last one was also involved in the work of the reef, the pope's coat of arms was made by Benaglia; the curious travertine vase, the so-called Ace of Cups (Asso di Coppe), that actually has nothing to do with the whole structure, is said to have been placed by Salvi in a strange position to cover the view of a next fault-finding barber, who from his salon didn't spare his bitter remarks about the works.

Trevi Fountain is today a real must-see attracting a very high number of daily tourists who, according to the tradition, throw a coin into it on their back to ensure a return trip to the Eternal City; but this masterpiece has been an inspiration to poets, artists, musicians, and filmmakers as well, how to forget it as romantic location in the most iconic scene in Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg.

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