Cleaning Rome's fountains

Rome's mayor polishes city's tarnished image.

The fountain in Piazza S. Maria in Trastevere will be the first of 50 in the city's historic centre to be cleaned over the next few months.

The other fountains included in the €50,000 project announced by the city's mayor, Ignazio Marino, are in Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Farnese, Piazza Chiesa Nuova, Piazza Madonna dei Monti, Piazza Trilussa, Piazza della Repubblica, the Barcaccia in Piazza di Spagna (again) and the Fontanone on the Gianicolo.

The Fontane pulite initiative is part of the mayor's plan to clean up the city and restore its image both at home and abroad.

Donato Bramante, Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Carlo Fontana all worked on the fountain in Piazza S. Maria in Trastevere, which was completed in 1692. It was changed to its present design in 1873 and the last time it was restored was in 1984.