>> Rome's iconic Spanish steps, reopened to the public after a privately funded restoration. I'm Reuters reporter Ila Binny, at the Spanish steps in Rome. Roman jeweler Bulgari spent 1.5 million euros on restoring the Spanish steps, a central Roman monument which had suffered from years of use. Eighty-two restorers have been working to clean the steps, to secure all of the travertine stone on the steps and to remove aggressive plants which had been damaging the structure.
The Mayor of Rome said today that the city would make sure that the citizens could enjoy the steps without ever abusing them and making sure that the previous state of degradation to which they have fallen did not recur.>> I don't think this steps would be closed at night.
I think it's essential to let people use this assets and I also, think it's fundamental to make them feel responsible for that use. Nonetheless, the authorities will monitor the use to ensure that they follow the rules and don't turn it into an abuse of the site. We don't want to close off the city, we simply want to prevent any wrongful use of its sites.
>> Bulgari also announced that they would be launching new projects of restoration within Rome. The steps will reopen to the public, allowing them to recreate the scene where Audrey Hepburn eats ice cream waiting for Gregory Peck in the Film Roman Holiday.