When in Rome, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. There is no wonder that tourists flock to this amazing city. Rome is a popular tourist destination for many reasons.

While I am not at all superstitious and perhaps border on scepticism, there was no way that I was not going to throw 3 coins into the Trevi fountain in Rome.  So when in Rome …..

While this has become a tourist ritual, not all tourist rituals are necessarily wrong…. sometimes you just have to do it, because … well … it is there. Kiss the Blarney Stone .. sure, why not. Push the Leaning Tower of Pisa back into place, rush through Platform 9¾ at Kings Cross Station, London to get to Hogwarts ….. definitely. I probably would have to draw the line at wearing a Statue of Liberty headpiece around New York however. Throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain, definitely yes.

Throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain is actually all to do with romance. Love for the eternal city of Rome, which you do inevitably fall in love with, and love of the romantic kind.

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Why throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome?

Version 1 of the story

If you throw one coin from your RIGHT hand backwards over your LEFT shoulder, you will definitely return to Rome.

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Version 2 of why throwTrevi Fountain

This one comes roughly from the 1954 movie, “Three Coins in the Fountain”, which says you must throw three coins into the fountain. The first guarantees your return to Rome, the second leads to a new romance, while the third will lead to marriage.

*However in the movie, only 2 of the 3 women throw coins into the Trevi Fountain hoping to return to Rome and no doubt fall in love. Their friend doesn’t as she is going to return to the US to get married, but later one of the men also throws a coin into the fountain, making it three coins altogether. All three girls at the end of the movie are at the Trevi Fountain and all have found love …………….. *

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Version 3.

Some say that throwing two coins will ensure a marriage coming soon, and three coins means a divorce.

Hope I have helped you out here….

An estimated 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day and the money that remains after much of it has been stolen, goes to help to feed needy children, so if nothing else, then think of the kids.

throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain was erected at this significant site where a virgin first helped find the water in 19BC which fed water to this fountain, and was designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci in 1762. It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. It is ornate and it is beautiful. It is stunning by day appearing as you wonder down narrow lanes and looks much like an elaborate movie set, with a lot of extras milling around. At night it is totally enchanting, bathed in light.

FYI – don’t look back when you throw the coins  into the Trevi Fountain in Rome … I have no idea what happens.

throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain


When in Rome, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, because you just should

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