Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy.
Beginning construction in 1732 and opening up to the public in 1762, Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy, has played an iconic role throughout Roman history and is considered, even to this day, to be one of the world's most famous fountains. Finding its way into pop-culture, the fountain has been featured in various movies throughout the years; most notably, The Lizzie McGuire Movie* in 2003.
Undergoing a series of restoration efforts, the fountain's most recent restoration project has been that of a $2.2 million initiative, paid for by the Italian fashion company, Fendi*. This restoration project included the installation of more than 100 LED lights to assist in the night time viewing of the fountain.
Unquestionably, the most unique practice had at the fountain is its coin-throwing ritual. It is said that when one throws a coin over their right shoulder using their right hand, they will be ensured a return back to Rome; throwing a second coin ensures a romance in Rome; and throwing a third coin ensures a marriage to that lover.
It is estimated that 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day, with a total estimated $1.5 million USD collected in 2016. The money obtained from the fountain has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome's needy; though, regular attempts at stealing money from the fountain has been a constant issue over the years.