“But now there’s been a rethink and Ms Raggi has changed her mind. Better late than never.”
According to tradition, tossing a coin over the shoulder into the shallow waters of the fountain ensures that the visitor will one day return to the Eternal City.
Caritas expressed dismay at the weekend when reports emerged that, starting in April, it would no longer receive the €1.5m (£1.3m) in coins that tourists toss into the fountain each year.
Avvenire, a Catholic newspaper owned by the Italian Bishops Conference, called the city council “the enemy of the poor” in a front-page article headlined “money taken from the poorest”.
The Trevi Fountain, which was commissioned by Pope Clement XII in 1732, was immortalised in Federico Fellini’s 1960 classic film La Dolce Vita, in which the Swedish actress Anita Ekberg wades into its waters in a low-cut evening dress.