The storm broke out between the Roman city administration and the church because of the use of tiny coins thrown into the Trevi Fountain.
According to BBC News’s Monday report, one and a half million euro (420 million forints) of coins thrown by tourists a year out of the water of the well. Traditionally, the money is given to the Roman Catholic Church, which spends the money on helping the poor.
However, the Roman mayor, Virginia Raggi, has announced that he wants to change this habit, because money is needed to develop the deteriorating infrastructure of the city. However, according to the Church’s response, the mayor suffers the poor with this step.
“We did not suspect that this would happen, we still hope that this is not the last word in the case,” said Benoni Ambarus, director of the Caritas aid organization at the Avvenires, the Italian Episcopal Conference.
In the Saturday’s edition of the paper, a sharp-sounded article entitled “Take the money from the poorest” appeared. According to Avvenire, the money from the Trevi Fountain provided 15 percent of the budget of the Church charity.
The Roman city administration has already accepted the change and will enter into force in April. However, according to ANSA’s Italian news agency, many Italians have called on the city council to reconsider their decision through social media.
With the support of the Five Stars Movement (M5S), Raggi became Mayor of Rome in 2016. \ t The movement formed a coalition government last year in Italy.
The mayor has fallen in popularity since he was unable to handle the problems of the indebted city. In October last year, thousands of people protested at the Roman City Hall, demanding Raggi’s resignation, including the disruption of garbage and the deterioration of the roads.
The 300-year-old Trevi well is visited by millions of tourists each year. Frank Sinatra’s romantic film, The Three Pieces of Money, which was shot in 1954, became world-famous in the fountain. The fountain also played an important role in the Sweet Life film of 1960 when Anita Ekberg dipped in her water.