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Bulgari pledges 1.5 million euros to restore Spanish Steps

'Special tribute' to Rome on jeweller's 130th anniversary

20 March, 17:21
Bulgari pledges 1.5 million euros to restore Spanish Steps (ANSA) - Rome, March 20 - Italian jeweller and luxury goods manufacturer Bulgari has pledged 1.5 million euros for the restoration of Rome's iconic Spanish Steps, mayor Ignazio Marino announced Thursday.

The donation is intended as a "special tribute" to the Eternal City on the 130th anniversary of the company which has its flagship store just a few steps from the elegant stairway leading from Piazza di Spagna to the church of Trinità dei Monti above. The funds will be made available in three tranches, the first expected before the end of March, Marino said. Restoration is due to begin within a year.

"Restoring the steps in their beauty is not just for Romans but to the whole world," the mayor said. The Bulgari donation follows similar initiatives by Diego Della Valle, head of leather goods company Tod's, and Italian fashion house Fendi, which have funded restoration work on the Colosseum and Trevi fountain, respectively.

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