The famous Spanish Steps in Rome are closed for repair works. The renovation is set to continue until spring 2016.
Over the coming weeks the 138 steps will be cleaned, repaired and repositioned. The cobble stones, drainage system and the original lighting will receive a check up. The famous landmark in the Italian capital will be closed to visitors for two months. After that it will partly re-open.
The Spanish Steps were last completely restored 20 years ago. The 18th century baroque construction is a popular tourist magnet.
The renovation costs will be contributed to by the Italian company Bulgari to the tune of 1.5 million euros. Italy is increasingly looking for sponsors to preserve its culural heritage sites. Private companies are also sponsoring the restoration of the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain.
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