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Fendi unveils suspended walkway over Rome's Trevi fountain

Published on Jul 1, 2014 6:47 AM

ROME (AFP) - Fashion house Fendi kicked off the restoration of Rome's famed Trevi Fountain on Monday, unveiling a transparent suspended walkway which will give tourists a whole new vantage point of the historic monument.

Though the fountain has been drained for the renovation, a small basin has been set up at the rim so that visitors can continue the tradition of throwing a coin into the waters with their back turned - a custom which is said to bring good luck.

"The restoration works are invasive and will be disruptive for the thousands of tourists who come every day, but we thought the walkway would be the best way to show off the fountain," Fendi's CEO Pietro Beccari told AFP.

The plexiglass bridge "is a way to show people the fountain from a position no-one has been in before," he said.

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