Where do all the coins go? Trevi Fountain, Rome Italy

Standing at the edge of the Trevi Fountain in Rome in June, ready to toss in my coin, and one of the boys ask, “Where does all the money go?” Great question but I had no idea.

The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous fountains in the world and legend has it, if you toss a coin into the fountain using your right hand over your left shoulder, you will return to Rome.

Each day, around €3,000 (Euro) is thrown into the fountain by tourists. If you add that up, it comes to a staggering €1.09 million ($1.6 million AUD) a year! That’s a lot of money!

What many people don’t know is every night, the fountain stops flowing for one hour, while workers sweep the money from the basin.

But where does the money go? The great news is it goes to Caritas, a Catholic charity who use it to support poor people of all faiths through humanitarian relief and development programs. Even more of a reason to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain next time you’re in Rome.

I threw a coin in on my visit in 1998 and came back to Italy in 2016. It might have taken me a while but the tradition is a fun way to build hope that you’ll come back again. Hopefully, the legend will prove true for us once more and we will return to the city a third time one day.

Have you thrown a coin in the Trevi Fountain?


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