Trevi Fountain
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Inside Rome's Trevi Fountain, closed for refurbishment

The Trevi Fountain is one of the great sites of Rome - all day, every day, hordes of tourists stop and stare at this Baroque masterpiece.

As well as being a grand work of art it is a sort of oasis in the heart of the city.

The fountain funnels the waters of a 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct down through a tangle of colossal statues.

But these days the famous fountain's many visitors are discovering that - for now at least - the waters have stopped to allow important renovation work to take place.

The BBC's Rome correspondent Alan Johnston has reached the end of his three-year posting in the Italian capital.

Before leaving, he was given access to the Trevi Fountain to take a close-up look at the ornate work.

  • 14 Sep 2014
  • From the section Europe
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