Rome may pocket Trevi cash

The Sunday Telegraph - - World News - For­eign Staff


THE city of Rome could pocket coins thrown into the Trevi Foun­tain as it faces debts of more than €13.6bil­lion (£12bil­lion).

Tra­di­tion­ally, the money thrown into the 300-year-old foun­tain, es­ti­mated at around €1mil­lion (£880,000) a year, has gone to Car­i­tas, a Catholic char­ity.

How­ever, Ital­ian me­dia re­ports have sug­gested that Vir­ginia Raggi, the city’s mayor, is con­sid­er­ing us­ing the money for wor­thy projects picked by a city coun­cil work­ing party. Ac­cord­ing to le­gend, throw­ing one coin in the foun­tain means that you will re­turn to Rome; two sug­gests a new ro­mance and three will lead to mar­riage.

The Baroque mas­ter­piece, de­signed by Ni­cola Salvi, with ad­di­tions by Pi­etro Bracci, was com­pleted in 1762.

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