Tourists stand on a specially built footbridge in front of Rome’s famed Trevi fountain Monday.
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Rome unveiled the most drastic facelift for the Trevi Fountain in its 252-year history Monday, the latest in a series of privately funded restorations to Italy's most prized landmarks.The stone rendering of Tritons guiding the shell chariot of water god Oceanus will be cleaned and new pumps, artistic lighting and barriers to deter pigeons will be installed in the 2.2 million euro ($3 million) project over the next 16 months. The last major restoration was about 25 years ago, but new techniques developed since then make it this latest project most thorough in the fountain's history.Defense and technology group Finmeccanica has pledged staff and technology worth up to 2 million euros to a project to prop up the crumbling town of Pompeii, which was covered in volcanic ash in 79 AD.Visitors groaned when they arrived at the piazza Monday to see that the Trevi facade, which covers one side of Rome's Palazzo Poli, was covered in scaffolding.
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