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Water flows again at Rome's restored Trevi fountain after 17-month, $2.4 million restoration

  • The newly restored Trevi Fountain is lit during the official inauguration in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The historical fountain, famed as a setting for the film "La Dolce Vita'' and the place where dreamers leave their coins, reopened after a 17-months restoration financed by the Fendi fashion house. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    The newly restored Trevi Fountain is lit during the official inauguration in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The historical fountain, famed as a setting for the film "La Dolce Vita'' and the place where dreamers leave their coins, reopened after a 17-months restoration financed by the Fendi fashion house. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Fendi CEO Pietro Beccari poses for the photographers as he pretends to fall into the newly restored Trevi Fountain  during the official inauguration in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The historical fountain, famed as a setting for the film "La Dolce Vita'' and the place where dreamers leave their coins, reopened after a 17-months restoration financed by the Fendi fashion house. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Fendi CEO Pietro Beccari poses for the photographers as he pretends to fall into the newly restored Trevi Fountain during the official inauguration in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The historical fountain, famed as a setting for the film "La Dolce Vita'' and the place where dreamers leave their coins, reopened after a 17-months restoration financed by the Fendi fashion house. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • The newly restored Trevi Fountain is lit during the official inauguration in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The historical fountain, famed as a setting for the film "La Dolce Vita'' and the place where dreamers leave their coins, reopened after a 17-months restoration financed by the Fendi fashion house. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    The newly restored Trevi Fountain is lit during the official inauguration in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. The historical fountain, famed as a setting for the film "La Dolce Vita'' and the place where dreamers leave their coins, reopened after a 17-months restoration financed by the Fendi fashion house. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

As hundreds of tourists and Romans took pictures, water began flowing once again at Rome's famed Trevi fountain after a 17-month, 2.2 million euro ($2.4 million) restoration.

The restoration was paid for by the Rome-based Fendi fashion house. Rome's top culture official, Claudio Parisi, said at the fountain's re-opening Tuesday such public-private partnerships are essential to preserve the city's cultural treasures in tight economic times.

Tourists still had access to the dry fountain during the restoration, approaching the stonework along a temporary bridge that gave them a close-up view of the sculpture of Oceanus in a shell chariot.

The fountain that featured in Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" is a must-see in Rome. Legend has it that tossing a coin over one's shoulder into the fountain ensures a return visit.