Fendi for Fountains to spend €300,000 on four Rome fountains.
Fashion house Fendi fashion is to sponsor the restoration of another four Rome fountains, following its €2 million financing of the recently-restored Trevi Fountain and last year's €320,000 works on the Quattro Fontane complex, according to Italian news agency ANSA.
Fendi is to donate €300,000 for maintenance works and minor restoration on the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola (Fontanone) on the Gianicolo, the Fontana del Mosè in the Quirinale district, the Fontana del Ninfeo on the Pincio in Villa Borghese and the Fontana del Peschiera in Piazzale degli Eroi in Prati.
The best known of these is the Fontanone which was built in 1612 to mark the end of the Acqua Paola aqueduct, which was restored by Pope Paul V between 1608 and 1610. The monumental fountain recently featured prominently in the opening scenes of Paolo Sorrentino's Oscar-winning film La Grande Bellezza.
The Fontana del Mosè in Piazza S. Bernardo, near the S. Susanna American church, was built between 1585 and 1589 and marked the terminus of the Acqua Felice aqueduct.
The neoclassical Fontana del Ninfeo was designed by 19th-century Roman architect and urban planner Giuseppe Valadier, while the Fontana del Peschiera, in Piazzale degli Eroi, was built of stonework and was officially opened in 1949.