If you plan on taking a trip to one of the most romantic and well visited spots in Rome, Italy, the Trevi Fountain, you may be in for quite a surprise.
Past winters have taken a toll on the most popular fountain in the world, and Rome’s largest water feature. Large bits of stone, up to 8cm wide, have broken away from its structure which prompted Rome’s police department to cordon off the area which surrounds the edifice.
The fountain which stands 26 metres (85.3 feet) high and 20 metres (65.6 feet) wide, has suffered severe moisture within its stoned aperture due to heavy snowfall which hit this past February.
Additional pieces of the fountain were removed for fear of plunging from the top of the structure. Maintenance has been scheduled which includes draining, and a thorough cleaning.
Rome’s city council calls the state of Trevi Fountain “grave” and is currently considering a major restoration project.
Legend has it that if you throw a coin into Trevi Fountain, you are guaranteed a return visit to Rome.