The Way of St. Francis: Why is Trevi dry?

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Standing with our backs to Rome’s Trevi Fountain six years ago, we tossed coins into the water, wishing for our return to Rome.

Our dream has come true, but when we returned to the fountain Monday, it was closed. Why? Three days a week, the Trevi Fountain goes dry and the coins are vacuumed and packed into white bags that fill the back of a small white truck.

What happens to the piles of cash? The money goes to the Roman Catholic charity Caritas, which helps feed the needy in 200 nations and territories.

How much coin is tossed into the Trevi Fountain each year? About a million and a quarter dollars worth.

So when you are in Rome, toss those coins into the fountain, for good luck —- and a good cause.

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Minutes after the coins were sucked up, the Trevi Fountain returned to life. Money immediately began raining down, perhaps bringing good luck, but, more certainly, help for those in need.

 

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3 thoughts on “The Way of St. Francis: Why is Trevi dry?

  1. Cynthia Elliott

    What a great thing to witness. They really have a system down. And maybe they’ll keep the fountain cleaner this way.

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    • It was like watching a crew clean a huge swimming pool with a super-powerful vacuum. But it was the Trevi Fountain, with tons of money on the bottom instead of leaves. And hundreds of people watching, not one daring to jump in afterward.

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  2. Lori Oliver-Tierney

    Wow I loved this info. Thanks for sharing.

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