Above a chariot emerging from the water, with wheels decorated with signs of the zodiac and pulled by four horses, towers the god of the sea. Representative of Florence's dominion of the seas during the Renaissance, the Fountain of Neptune stands as a national icon at the Piazza della Signoria. As great and mighty as Neptune is, his statue bears the onslaught of the elements.
With a restoration project in the works for the Fountain of Neptune, Italian maison Salvatore Ferragamo — also from Florence — is doing their part to help out. Giving back to its land of origins, the fashion house has pledged €1.5 million to aid in restoration of the fountain, the focal point of origin and history of the Florentine Republic. Over a three-year period, the first public fountain of the city will undergo improvements to the water system, restoration of the marble and filling in of missing metals amongst reparative works. In line with the strong relationship between Salvatore Ferragamo and the world of art and culture, the brand is doing its part to safeguard the artistic heritage of Italy — and return the Fountain of Neptune to its former glory.