Fears for Trevi Fountain as stonework falls away
Fragments of stone have broken off Rome's Trevi Fountain and crashed to the ground, leading to concerns that the Baroque masterpiece is in need of urgent restoration.
The monument is believed to have been weakened by snow over the winter during an unusually cold spell. Ice would have accentuated any cracks and fractures already present in the structure.
Stone and stucco fell from a cornice on the left hand side of the fountain over the weekend. Part of the monument was fenced off yesterday as workers used a mobile crane to assess the damage.
Other fragments were removed because they looked like they could also collapse, posing a danger to the tens of thousands of tourists who visit the 18th Century monument each day.
The last restoration was carried out in 1990. Repairing the damage and making the monument safe will cost around €200,000, officials said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)