Throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain has become a ritual to the thousands of tourists who come from all over the world to visit Rome. There are actually two superstitious legends to explain why people are obsessed with throwing coins: the first says that if you throw a coin from your right hand backwards over your left shoulder, you will definitely return to Rome. The second legend inspired the film "Three Coins in the Trevi 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!
Another reason why tourists flock to the Trevi Fountain, in addition to its architecture and history that has made it one of the most famous monuments in the world, is that the roman fountain was the set for the famous Fellini movie, "La Dolce Vita" (the sweet life of roman culture). Who can forget the scene where Anita Ekberg jumps in the fountain and started calling “Marcello..Marcello”?
The Municipality of Rome decided to collect the coins from the Trevi Fountain on a daily basis to prevent theft and created a fund to finance a special supermarket that serves the poor in Rome with the help from the Italian Red Cross.