Fashion house Bulgari funds restoration of the Spanish Steps

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Crowds on the monument while conservation is taking place©Daryl_Mitchell CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

ROME – One of Rome’s most visited tourist attractions, the Spanish Steps (Italian Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti), will be officially re-opened to the public after a £1.3 million (€1.5 million) conservation project.
The city’s newly elected mayor, Virginia Raggi, pledged to protect the monument from further damage by stepping up controls to avoid overcrowding of tourists and residents and control damaging behaviour by stationing extra police around the 18th century baroque monument. She was however dismissive of suggestions to close access to the steps, saying that the city was fundamentally opposed to closing off areas to tourists and that she was adamant that people should be allowed to use Rome’s cultural heritage assets.
The monumental stairway is composed of 135 steps and was built in 1723–1725 to link the Bourbon Spanish Embassy, and the Church of Trinità dei Monti that was under the patronage of the Bourbon kings of France.
The intervention focused on the cleaning of the travertine steps, the removal of excess vegetation that had grown between the cracks and the installation of new surveillance equipment.
The project was funded by fashion house Bulgari.