How to Guarantee a Return Visit to Rome


It feels good to know that I’m going back to Rome. I haven’t planned anything specific yet or bought any tickets, but I know I’ll be back someday. Why? I’ve tossed my good luck coin into the Trevi fountain that guarantees my return.

It’s pretty simple: toss a coin into the fountain and you are guaranteed to return to Rome. I’ve been to Rome many times, I always toss my coin and I always seem to come back. The toss must be executed over your shoulder while facing away from the fountain.

I’m not sure if it all started with Frank Sinatra singing Three Coins in a Fountain for the movie by the same name, or as some other older superstition. If you’re an Italian cinema fan, it was also at the Trevi where Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg frolicked in La Dolce Vita. Both films are old, but they are a big reason why the Trevi fountain is so widely known.

Trevi refers to the three roads (tres vie) that converge at the fountain in this postage stamp sized piazza. Designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732, its water is supplied by one of Rome’s earliest (and still functioning) aqueducts.

If you throw more than one coin in the Trevi, you’ll be upping the ante. The first coin locks in your return to Rome. The second guarantees you’ll fall in love with an Italian. The third ensures that you marry the Italian you fell in love with.

Everybody’s doing it; the Trevi gets about 3,000 Euros tossed in a day. All coins are collected donated to a supermarket that supplies the needy.

Get to Rome with EF College Break’s Grand Tour of Italy.