Rome’s Trevi Fountain is ‘crumbling’

June 11th, 2012 - 10:05 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Rome, June 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Baroque monument Trevi Fountain, has being inspected for damage last Monday after stone fragments broke off and fell to the ground.

The Rococo masterpiece has apparently being damaged by the snow that fell on Rome during last winter’s unusually cold spell. According to experts, the ice that fell affected the fountain in a very significant way, accentuating its cracks and fractures.

The fragments of stone fell from a cornice on the structure’s left hand side, which was immortalized in Federico Fellini’s 1960 classic film La Dolce Vita. In one of the movie’s scenes, Anita Ekberg waded into the fountain’s waters with her co-star, the Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni.

The fountain was fenced off last Monday, as workers used crane to evaluate the damage and remove a number of fragments of cornice that were about to fall, to avoid any possible danger to the city’s population and visitors who travel to the Italian capital every day.

The monument was Commissioned by Pope Clement XII in 1732. The structure features a large statue of Neptune riding a chariot pulled by two horses. The local tradition states that tossing a coin into the fountain ensures that a tourist will come back to Rome in the future.

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