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There is a long-standing tradition that when visiting the Trevi Fountain in Rome, tourists will turn around and make a wish before tossing a coin over their shoulder into the water. Rome’s city council has this year (2018) decided that these coins (nearly two million dollars), will be going toward the provision of food and shelter for the city’s poor.

The coin-tossing ritual has its roots in an ancient Roman legend, but became popular following release of the 1954 romantic comedy "Three Coins in the Fountain".

Each day, between 6 and 7 a.m. t
he Baroque fountain is turned off, and more than 3,000 euros  worth of coins are swept up and collected using high-powered vacuums.

The city of Rome has entrusted the proceeds of the Trevi Fountain coins to a Christian charity called  Caritas. The attitudes that guide this work are: Responsibility, transparency, and a spirit of service and witness.


just getting to this

what a marvelous use of the coins!
more than "one heart will wear a valentine"!
Fascinating. I've never heard of this custom, despite being there!