Trevi Fountain Partially Closed

Rome’s iconic Trevi Fountain, visited by thousands of people every day (and into which they throw their coins with the hopes of coming back to Rome), has been closed for structural repairs. Over the past few years bits and piece of it have been falling off, and besides that, a few larger structural concerns are also visible, and they need to do things like renew the water pumps and so forth.

These repairs are supposed to be taking place through at least Fall of 2015 (I say “at least” because they often make optimistic projections here). But a plan has been devised to allow partial access to the fountain in an innovative way while the repairs are taking place. A temporary bridge will be built over the fountain’s large basin, so that visitors can walk across it and see parts of it closer than is normally possible. They will also still be able to throw their coins in (!!!) from a little observation deck in the middle of the bridge. Apparently there will also be screens showing progress of the work – I would imagine that this would be for those areas that are covered by scaffolding, and so aren’t visible.

Here are some cell phone shots of how the fountain looked this morning when I walked by:

Empty, and you can see them starting to set up scaffolding on the left side there.

Empty, and you can see them starting to set up scaffolding on the left side there.

It has been closed like this since at least this past Saturday, if memory serves. The water was still running then, but they must have turned it off, drained it, and removed all the coins in the past day or two:

Definitely one of the most photographed monuments in Rome.

Definitely one of the most photographed monuments in Rome.

Here you can get a better sense of how it is now cordoned off. For the first few days that this metal fence was up, there were still crowds of tourists gathered around. While there was still water in it, folks could be seen trying to throw their coins in (which involves throwing over the right shoulder) from the fence – so you could hear the sound of coins hitting the pavement, from those with a bad throw! Today, however, with the water drained, there were few people around.

Perhaps the crowds will return once they set up this bridge thing.

Perhaps the crowds will return once they set up this bridge thing.

The company that donated the over-two million euros needed to undertake this restoration did so at the end of 2012; thus we have been waiting over a year and a half for this work to begin. In that sense, I have to say that I am grateful that it didn’t begin until just now – I’m glad that I could still enjoy seeing the fountain on a regular basis, and now I am finishing up my time here in Rome!

Here is an older photo with a real camera, for old time’s sake:

First posted in August 2013

First posted in August 2013

Italian source for the above news

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5 Responses to Trevi Fountain Partially Closed

  1. Johanna Horton says:

    I guess we’ll watch Three Coins in a Fountain tonight. 🙂

  2. Johanna Horton says:

    I wondered what they did with the coins, so I Googled and found this —

    ” Each day the gushing torrents of the Trevi Fountain are silenced for one hour while city workers sweep the coins from the fountain. Since 2006, the year I tossed my own first coin into the Trevi Fountain, the Roman Catholic charity Caritas has been sorting and cleaning the daily loot from the fountain.

    Caritas runs food and social programs for the needy and oppressed in 200 countries and territories worldwide. Somewhere around €3000 is collected nightly from the Trevi Fountain (about $1.26 million annually) and distributes it amongst the needy. Caritas even opened a low-cost supermarket in Rome in 2008 for the needy.”

    • I’ve heard that it goes to charity, but I’m almost certain it wasn’t cleaned every day. The article I read today said every 15 days.

      • The various web sites I found just now conflict a bit, but they agree on the fact that the money goes to the Diocesan Caritas charity, and it seems to me most probably that they collect the money on Monday mornings.

  3. Travelling Macs says:

    How disappointing to here this of the fountain. I am traveling with my family to Italy (from Australia) for the first time (I have waited a lifetime to be able to do it and then I read this). As a half full glass person I suppose I will see the fountain in a way others haven’t 🙂

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