The moment you set eyes on Rome you’ll dream of coming back to explore it all again, which is probably why the myth of throwing a coin into the famous Trevi Fountain is so popular.
Lore says that tossing a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder into the waters means you will return to Rome in the future. A second and third coin even ensures you’ll find love and marriage! All that luck adds up pretty quickly and you’ll be shocked to know just how much money gets thrown into the Trevi Fountain every year…
You’ll be pleased to know that all the money that goes into the fountain goes straight to charity, with workers dragging over 3,000 coins out every night so it’s fresh to death for tourists the following day. If each coin is at least one Euro you can start seeing a picture of how it adds up right? IT’S BIG.
The tally of coins at the end of 2016 came to a whopping $1.5 million USD!
Alberto Colajacomo, spokesman for Caritas, the Catholic non-profit that receives all the money (and anything else of value thrown in) says they get the goods as is, “The [city] council hands over to us bags full of coins thrown into the fountain. Among the coins often we find other objects including glasses, religious medals and even a couple of dentures.”
The charity Caritas uses the money to fund various endeavours aimed at helping Roman citizens in need make ends meet through food vouchers. It’s heart warming to know that your holiday wishes went on to make someone else’s life a little easier isn’t it? In some ways it’s not too far from the Ancient Roman’s wishing intention. As well as drinking from it, they too threw coins in the iconic fountain to ask the Gods to favour them and keep them safe on their journeys.