When in Rome we always visit the Trevi Fountain and throw in a coin (right-handed over our left shoulders) to ensure our return to the city.
But in true Italian fashion, this summer – over the peak tourist period – the fountain was turned off and scaffolded while urgent restoration work was carried out.
This would be hugely disappointing if you didn’t know in advance as it is one of Rome’s most visited attractions.
However a walkway has been constructed over the now empty fountain so there is the chance to get up close and personal with parts of the sculpture not usually accessible.
Although some of the magic was missing, and despite the prominent warning signs, we still managed to throw our coins in the dry fountain – so we ensure that we will see the restored fountain in all it’s glory on our next visit.