Rome city hall takes Trevi Fountain coins away from charity
Rome city council is going ahead with plans to keep money collected from the famous Trevi fountain.
Previously, the €1.5 million thrown into the fountain each year by tourists has gone to a charity for the poor.
Now Rome's mayor wants to put the money into the town hall's coffers. The move will see the city take control of the coins from 1 April 2019, directing the funds into municipal "assistance and solidarity projects."
The plan was first mooted in late 2017 by the cash-strapped city council, led by mayor Virginia Raggi of the populist Movimento 5 Stelle, but the proposal was delayed for a year following widespread criticism.