Rome & Lazio

Rome Will Not Be Charging Admission to the Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain
Yesterday, April Fools Day, I had a little fun with readers of Gadling, one of several blogs I write for. My article Rome Set To Close Off Trevi Fountain, Charge Admission was just a little too real for some readers. But I am here to tell you that it was completely fabricated. It was simply me taking elements from current events and a favorite Italian tourist site, dreaming up something outlandish – but not too outlandish – and blending them together.

The Trevi Fountain is one of Rome’s most famous tourist attractions and it also happens to be free. However, many tourists leave their money behind at the fountain by tossing coins into it to ensure their return. This age-old tradition (superstition) was made famous in the 1954 film Three Coins in the Fountain, a delightful, vintage romance that is a fun watch prior to a trip to the Eternal City. Approximately €3,000 in coins are thrown into the Trevi Fountain each day and collected each morning before the tourist throngs come back. The charity Caritas uses the Trevi Fountain change to fund programs to help Rome’s poor.

Now that you know the rest of the story, here’s the trailer from Three Coins in the Fountain. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, so I can’t remember why there is also footage of Venice in the opening scenes. Meh…Italy’s all the same anyhow. Just fooling!



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Melanie Renzulli has been writing about travel to Italy for more than 20 years.


  • Mark Schaaf
    12 April 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Good April fools joke, I bet some people were having a fit. Since I have been there several times and knowing how difficult it would be to try and close off all the streets that converge at the fountain which would make it almost impossible to charge to see it.


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