The Trevi Fountain holds $1.5 million in loose change!

Rome, Italy – Legend has it that if you throw a coin in a fountain your wish will come true but for Rome’s Trevi Fountain you have to throw a coin backwards into the fountain, using your right arm over your left shoulder, and you will return to the city.

No trip to Rome is complete without visiting the Fontana di trevi, or Trevi fountain. It is located in the Quirinale district of Rome and considered to be as one of the most stunning fountains in the world. But apparently, there is more than just beauty behind it.

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Well, guess what? Turns out it is not just beauty which it holds but also a nearly $1.5 million of coins, according to the Italian charity that receives the coins.

“The [city] council hands over to us bags full of coins thrown into the fountain,” said Alberto Colajacomo, spokesman for Caritas, the Catholic non-profit that receives all coins — and other items — thrown into the water. It reinvests the proceeds into charitable initiatives.

“Among the coins often we find other objects, including glasses, religious medals and even a couple of dentures,” Colajacomo told NBC News.

The fountain was built during ancient Roman Times and is one of the oldest water resources in Rome.

This leaves us wondering. How many among the readers have tossed a coin or two in the famed fountain? Have you?

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