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Row erupts over coins from Rome's Trevi fountain

IANS  |  Rome 

A row has erupted between the of and the over what should happen to coins retrieved from the city's iconic

Every year nearly 1.5 million euros ($1.7 million) is fished out of the nearly 300 year-old famous landmark. It is traditionally given to a Catholic charity to help the destitute, the reported on Monday.

But now wants the money spent on the city's crumbling infrastructure instead.

The Catholic charity has said the loss of income will hit the poor.

"We did not foresee this outcome," director Father Benoni Ambarus told on Sunday, the newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference.

"I still hope it will not be final."

The newspaper ran an article in its Saturday edition, headlined "Money taken from the poorest".

City councillors have approved the change and it is due to take place in April.

However, many Italians have taken to to ask the council to reconsider, the news agency reported.

The is visited by millions of tourists every year.

The tradition of throwing coins was made famous by American Frank Sinatra's "Three Coins in the Fountain" in the 1954 romantic comedy of the same name.



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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 11:08 IST