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Rome mayor agrees to keep Trevi Fountain coins going to charity

Rome mayor agrees to keep Trevi Fountain coins going to charity

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Each day, some $ 3,500 in coins are thrown into Rome’s Trevi Fountain by tourists making wishes. This scene, made famous by the 1954 film "Three Coins in the Fountain," has been a windfall for a local charity. But a leaked document suggesting Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi's administration may want to keep those coins for the city’s empty coffers caused confusion -- and concern from many of the charity's supporters. After a weekend of social media outrage, Raggi said on Monday that the money will remain with local Catholic charity Caritas Rome, a plan that has been in place since 2001, when then-Mayor Francesco Rutelli put a stop to the unauthorized private collection of coins. "I confirm that [the coins] will remain available to the charitable activities of the diocesan body,...