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Rome's Spanish Steps reopen after Bulgari-funded restoration

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Rome's Spanish Steps reopen after Bulgari-funded restoration


The Italian city of Rome has reopened its Spanish Steps after cleaning and restoration.

The 138 marble steps link the Trinita dei Monti Church and the Piazza di Spagna and date back to the eighth century.

The attraction was last restored about 20 years ago. This latest makeover was funded by Italian luxury goods producer Bulgari.

“The city administration has already taken long-term measures to return the steps to their magnificent glory,” said Rome’s mayor Virginia Raggi.

“From now, we will work to prevent the kind of abuses that led to the degradation you could see before the restoration,” she added.

The jewelery company’s billionaire chairman wants limited access to the site at night to avoid it being trashed.

Paolo Bulgari told an Italian newspaper we cannot allow it to revert to being what he described as “an open-air sewer.”

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