Do you remember what happened in Rome in February 2015? A group of fans from Feyenoord damaged the Barcaccia Fountain, leaving it with 110 scratches and chips on several points. It was a masterpiece from the 1600s created by artist Pietro Bernini clearly of inestimable value enriching Piazza di Spagna.
However, some Dutch have decided to make a difference…but for the best. Two Dutch enterpreneurs along with fellow countrymen financed its restoration.
And so, along with the association Save the Barcaccia, they have brought another fountain to its ancient shrine that was in need of restoration. We are talking about the Fontana delle Api to Barberini plazza.
The restoration lasted approximately 60 days and the mountain, created by Bernini in 1644, can be admired today, in all of its beauty. A satisifed Dutch ambassador Joep Wijnands has commented: "We are transforming an ugly story for which a majority of the Dutch have been ashamed. I am happy and proud."