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    • 17 hours 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!

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    • 3 days ago
    • Dinamo

    -@ Arc, I had in mind Piazza Navona in mind when I typed that. I was watching the cam of Piazza Navona a moment before I typed on here. it was late at night when I wrote it.

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    • 3 days ago
    • %arc

    @Dinamo, why should Bernini be upset, the Trevi fontain is from Nicola Salvi whom may be was extremely inspire by Bernini's works but was born 3 year after Bernini's death.

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    • 3 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Dinamo ~ La Fontana di Trevi, please repeat the email addresses that I should send to -- I think you mentioned three.
    Cordiali saluti from England.

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    • 4 days ago
    • Fran insinga

    The original date for completion was March, 2015. If it gets done by November (big if) it will be approximately 2 years. That seems like a very long time. Of course, I do agree that there is so much more to see in Rome than just the fountain. But it will be a personal disappointment because I believe in the magic of throwing a coin in the fountain in order to return to Rome. It doesn't look like I will be able to do that this year. The makeshift water basin is not the same as the beautiful flowing fountain.

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    • 4 days ago
    • Dinamo

    It is not about doing the job in hurry. Then I would the first one to say it is better to make things slowly. it is about that they do not work as much as they should to get things done in reasonable time. When I see no works for one week or two, then I get disappoint. I tend to believe is more a money issue then a practical one. if some other company/enterprise had the job and they would put more money in it, then the restorations would be faster.

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    • 4 days ago
    • Jo Beckhelling

    It is disappointing, but to be fair November is in line with what they originally stated. This sort of work can't be done in a hurry as they would risk damaging the stonework. I was there last month and they are making fantastic progress, even if it does seem slow to those visiting during this year. There is so much more to see in Rome, so make the most of your time there and plan to see the Trevi in all its glory when you return. One visit is never enough!

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    • 4 days ago
    • Fran insinga

    I just received a response to one of my emails. It is very disappointing. I was informed that the restoration will not be completed until November, 2015. Ugh!!

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    • 4 days ago
    • Dinamo

    Dear People, I just got an email saying that it is best to write to this email: urc@comune.roma.it
    to get more info about the re-opening of the Trevi Fountain and to ask about the acceleration of the works.
    I think some of you got the same email by now. So please write also to the email I provide above. Thank you.

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    • 4 days ago
    • Elaine

    Revisiting Rome in 2 weeks' time because a friend wants me to visit her. I had planned to be in Tuscany earlier. Not anymore. With Fontana di Trevi closed, I will not be able to re-shoot the place, that one I place I enjoy so much.

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    • 4 days ago
    • Jeneum King

    I am travelling from New Zealand to Rome for my first ever over seas experience in September, like others I sincerely hope that this amazing monument is re opened for the public. So much culture and history. Thank you for the email addresses, I have sent forth my 5 cents worth. I regularly check this page for any updates. Thank you all.

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    • 4 days ago
    • Sophia Vinh

    Hello All,

    I am also going to visit Rome for the first time from America in early September. I have read through the past messages and have also emailed the three addresses that Dinamo provided. I hope that I get to see Trevi Fountain come this September! I will keep coming back to this site to see any updates on the progress.

    -Sophia Vinh

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    • 5 days ago
    • Dinamo

    You are welcome guys. Please keep sending the emails and spread the voice!

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    • 6 days ago
    • Fran insinga

    Thank you Dinamo for the contact information. I have sent emails to all three. I will also try to call the number you posted. It's very frustrating. They dismantled the walkway a while ago, and yet all of the sites with information about the restoration still say it's in place. And it appears that work is not done Saturday through Tuesday. Let's hope that our emails and phone calls help the situation. Thanks again.

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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