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    Rome's Trevi Fountain Holds Riches in Loose Change
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    In this July 7, 2011, file photo, then-German President Christian Wulff and first lady Bettina Wulff throw a coin into the Trevi fountain according to a traditional legend in Rome.

    If you're enchanted by Rome and want to come back, legend has it you'll get your wish if you throw a coin backward into the Trevi Fountain, using your right arm over your left shoulder.

    Well that appears to be paying off for the fountain, NBC News reports, where nearly $1.5 million in change was thrown last year, according to the Italian charity that receives all coins, and anything else, chucked into its waters.

    "The [city] council hands over to us bags full of coins thrown into the fountain," said Alberto Colajacomo, spokesman for Catholic nonprofit Caritas.

    The money gets reinvested into charitable initiatives.

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