Italy Fontana di Trevi

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Massimo Squillace

About This Spot

The Trevi Fountain is the biggest, most scenic and most famous among the fountains of Rome and constitutes the terminal of the Acqua Vergine, the aqueduct that Marco Vipsanio Agrippa built in 19 BC. A well-known tradition says that whoever throws a coin in the fountain, while turning their back, will return to Rome; because of the crowds visiting daily, at any given time the coins in the fountain amount to a little fortune and it is strictly forbidden to enter the basin. The accumulated coins amount to in excess of 1 million Euros per year! Every day the diocesan Caritas needs an hour to collect them from the fountain, before distributing the funds to the needy. The operation takes place at 8 am, using pumps while the monument is temporarily off-limits to the public. The coins are then brought to a laboratory, where they are washed; finally the various currencies are separated. Thanks to some companies it is also possible to change coins and not just banknotes and so all currencies are converted into Euros.

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