Lizzie McGuire & The Trevi Fountain
I would be lying if I said that one of the reasons I fell in love with Italy was not as a middle schooler when “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” was released. I am sure many girls can relate! It was the first time I had ever heard of the Trevi Fountain, a famous monument in the heart of Rome where tourist throw in change that “ensures your return” to the city. I have always had a dream of throwing a coin in just like my idol Hilary Duff did, and it should be in tact during our trip in May, but it seems as if it may not always be as sturdy.
The Trevi Fountain is one of the main tourist attractions in Rome. It is known as the “Trevi” fountain because it is junction of three main roads (tre vie), and is the terminal point of the Acqua Vergine. Each day an estimated 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain, and this money is used to subsidize a supermarket for the needy in Rome. So, not only is the Trevi Fountain a tourist attraction, it is also a way to help those less fortunate.
So, back to the Trevi Fountain not being as sturdy. In June, surveyors were forced to examine the fountain after a few pieces of the decorative cornicing fell off. Prior to this, the colosseum suffered from similar damage, so concerns were raised about the state of architectural structures in Rome. Because of the falls, barriers were put up surrounding the fountain in order to prevent anyone from getting hit by pieces.
In response to the damage, Umberto Broccoli (yes his last name really is broccoli), superintendent of Rome’s artistic heritage, stated that the pieces falling away is nothing to worry about because they were just small decorative pieces. He also said that they took off surrounding pieces only as a safety precaution. Broccoli made it seem as if everything is fine and dandy, but opposing members of the Green Party say that the issue is bigger than we think. They say, “At this point we are seriously left asking ourselves just how good is the upkeep and maintenance of the city’s monuments and artistic heritage. What else has to happen before this issue is looked at properly?”
Good question, Green Party. My question is, “how much money am I going to throw in when we go in 71 DAYS!?”
Reading & Reflection
One way in which our “Grand Tour” of Italy is different from those taken in the 17th-19th centuries is that ours only lasts 3 weeks, whereas theirs lasted up to one year! Just like those who embarked on this journey many years ago, we are going to experience the art, culture, language, AWESOMENESS, of Italy. People went for the experience- they wanted to truly embrace all that Italy has to offer…just like I hope to do during our 3 week adventure. Many of the key places that people visited back then are places we will be visiting on our Grand Tour, such as Rome, and Venice.
It is easy to look at Italy and glorify how amazing the architecture is, how beautiful the land is, and how incredible the food is. But Italy is struggling in many ways and they cannot be overlooked. Right now there is a lot of uncertainty as to what the government is going to look like, and I am sure this is unsettling for many. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/25/italy-elections-2013-poll_n_2759142.html). Then on top of all of this, the Pope has resigned for the first time in 600 years! Even though this trip is going to be AMAZING, I am thankful that we are just going to Italy for 3 weeks and then I get to come back home to the fairly stable United States..
I am very excited to see the Colosseum in Rome!
This is the cover of the book that we read the introduction of. It is interesting to look at their outfits and the lack of technology. If this picture were to be taken today it would probably be a picture of someone instagramming the scenery.