Legend has it that tossing a coin with your back to the Trevi Fountain ensures the visitor can return to Rome. In addition, the myth has some variations that have arisen over time. If you flip two coins you will find the love of an Italian or an Italian. But if the donation reaches three coins, there will be a wedding.
The legend became so popular that every day thousands and thousands of coins are dipped in the most famous fountain of the Italian capital. Some rumors speak of 3,000 euros a day in donations.
The Italian capital uses coins from the Trevi Fountain for social projects, including the maintenance of monuments. It is estimated that cleaning services in the city of Rome collect more than €21,000 in coins each week.
In 2019, 1.5 million euros in coins were collected (about 4,100 euros per day), a significant figure that has also generated some political discussion.
Commissioned in 1732 by Pope Clement XII to Nicola Salvi, the enormous waterfall was completed by Giuseppe Pannini in 1751 and inaugurated by Clement XIII eleven years later.
Today the Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous fountains in the world, but it has also become a symbol of mass tourism in Rome: on a normal day, hundreds of people crowd around it trying to immortalize the monument and comply with the trite tradition.
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