DailyMail.com  |  by Georgia Diebelius  |  November 5, 2015

Trevi Fountain's basin was drained 17 months ago ahead of the extensive clean-up on the 18th century monument.  Work included installing a suspended transparent walkway and hundreds of lights to improve nighttime illumination.  Revitalized at 253-year-old, the monument is still able to draw tourists luring millions of visitors each year.  Its elaborate Baroque facade now sparkles in the sun - scaffold-free.  The emerald waters will flow from Rome's Trevi Fountain once again today after a clean-up funded by Italian fashion house Fendi.  Crowds of frustrated tourists have spent months peeking at bits of the monument from a special walkway put in over the fountain while repairs were carried out to the tune of over €2million (£1.4million).

The basin was drained 17 months ago but the most determined visitors could still be seen slinging coins over their shoulders - a tradition which is said to ensure a return to Rome - in the hope of getting them into a small substitute pool.  Now the fountain, made famous by a scene in Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' in which Anita Ekberg wades through its pristine waters, makes the surrounding buildings in Rome's historic centre look decidedly shabby.

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld - Fendi's creative director, famed for his dark glasses, leather gloves and shock of white hair - is expected at the scene for the moment the taps are turned back on.  Water will once more cascade from the base of the fountain's sea-God scene to the delight of snap-happy tourists as the Italian house's designer Silvia Venturini Fendi and CEO Pietro Beccari look on.

The nearly 300-year-old monument, visited by millions of tourists every year, hit the headlines in 2012 after bits of its elaborate cornice began falling off following a particularly harsh winter.

Tourists in Rome flocked to see the changes today after the full glory of the 18th century Trevi Fountain's restoration was unveiled

Illuminating vision: Eager crowds gathered to watch the lights being turned on in front of the newly restored Fountain
 

Crowds of frustrated tourists have spent months peeking at bits of the monument from a special walkway
 

Ugly summer: The drained Trevi Fountain in downtown Rome as it undergoes renovation works in July


Despite the basin being drained 16 months ago but visitors could still be seen slinging coins over their shoulders

Fashion house Fendi kicked off the restoration of Rome's famed Trevi Fountain unveiling a transparent suspended walkway which gives tourists a new vantage point of the historic monument

The fountain was reopened with an official ceremony and the restoration included the installation of more than 100 LED lights to improve the nighttime illumination of the fountain
 

 

The Trevi Fountain, one of Rome's most spectacular monuments and the backdrop to the most famous scene from 1960s film classic 'La Dolce Vita'

 

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