Last Friday, 9 June, Association Salviamo La Barcaccia, of which NRBC members Angela Mannaerts and Claudia de Regt are board members, consigned the beloved Bee fountain (Fontana delle Api), designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and located at the corner of Piazza Barberini and Via Veneto, to the City of Rome, after a restoration of approximately two months.
This gesture would not have been possible without the help of the Dutch company Koninklijke Woudenberg and its subsidiary Meesters in, that sponsored the restoration together with Salviamo La Barcaccia and worked together with the local company CBC to produce this fantastic result. All this under the technical guidance and coordination of another NRBC member, Ing. Leonardo Delle Chiaie, who acted as Clerk of Works (Direttore dei Lavori). The legal work was performed by Angela Mannaerts and some of her colleagues, including NRBC members Romina Protto and Ilaria Giuliani.
The speakers at the inauguration ceremony where the Vice Mayor and Councilor for Cultural Affairs, Luca Bergamo; Councilor of Cultural Affairs for the historic center, Cinzia Guido; Superintendent of Rome’s monuments, Claudio Parisi Presicce; the Dutch Ambassador, Joep Wijnands; Louis Camps, Managing Director of Koninklijke Woudenberg; and Angela Mannaerts, President of Salviamo la Barcaccia.
At the end of the ceremony, Koninklijke Woudenberg invited the numerous spectators, in collaboration with Eataly, to a toast, combined with wonderful slow food hamburgers, at the l’Hamburgheria of Eataly, located next to the fountain.