Amongst the monuments that are iconic to the city of Rome, Trevi Fountain scores high. The spot is visited by tens and thousands of tourists each day, with some of them even attempting to swim in its waters. However, with the flock of visitors comes the threat of damage, one that the Rome city council has decided to evade by erecting barriers around the iconic monument. Yes, that’s right!
In a rather welcome move, the motion passed by the city council explained how “There must be respect for the symbolic parts of Roma Capitale,” The barriers around the fountain are expected to be about three feet tall and made of glass and steel. They will be designed such as not to obstruct the view of the monument but only protect it from imminent damage.
However, not everyone is pleased with the Rome City Council’s protective measures. In condemning the resolution, architect and historian Paolo Portoghesi said – “Installing a barrier seems a frightful offense against the beauty of a masterpiece which gives itself generously to those who observe it,” while Rome’s former archaeological superintendent Adriano La Regina added: “As far as the Trevi Fountain is concerned, you have to see it. If tourists aren’t standing or sitting in an unseemly way, and do not get in the way of visiting the fountain, why drive them away?”
Well, what’s your take on barriers around Trevi Fountain?