TREVI FOUNTAIN COIN CONTROVERSY
Arthur Shippee forwarded this BBC News article on the fight over coins tossed into Rome's Trevi Fountain. -Editor
A row has broken out between the mayor of Rome and the Roman Catholic Church over what should happen to coins retrieved from the Trevi fountain.
Every year nearly €1.5m (£1.3m) is fished out of the famous landmark. It is traditionally given to a Catholic charity to help the destitute.
But now Mayor Virginia Raggi wants the money spent on the city's crumbling infrastructure instead.
The Catholic charity Caritas says the loss of income will hit the poor.
City councillors have approved the change and it is due to take place in April.
However, many Italians have taken to social media to ask the council to reconsider, the Ansa news agency reported.
The Trevi fountain, nearly 300 years old, is visited by millions of tourists every year.
The tradition of throwing coins was made famous by Frank Sinatra's Three Coins in the Fountain in the 1954 romantic comedy of the same name.
The fountain also featured in the 1960 film La Dolce Vita which saw actress Anita Ekberg wade through its pristine waters in a strapless dress.
To read the complete article, see:
Rome city council and Church row over coins from Trevi fountain (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46859168)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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