TREVI FOUNTAIN: The real origin of “to flip a coin ” tradition

TREVI FOUNTAIN: The real origin of “to flip a coin ” tradition

The fountain most famous of Italy and of Rome has many legends and ancient rituals around it.
The first one is to flip a coin into the water of fountain to come back in Rome, and this gestureis repeating every day for thousand times.

The origin of this tradition is maybe an use of ancient romans, in fact, they used to flip coins into fountains, rivers and lakes to give thanks to divinities and be protected in their trips.

Fontana di Trevi

Fontana di Trevi

But a famous researcher discover a document of 1900 that talk about the origin of this tradition: an german archaeologist Helbig invented this ritual for his friends that were in Rome for Grand Tour, a kind of modern erasmus, to give a hope to return to visit the wonderful places in Rome.

Helbig was very popular in Rome in 1900 and this ritual became a trendy use.

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