Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Trevi coins to fund food for poor

The thousands of coins thrown into Rome's Trevi fountain are to be used by an Italian charity to set up a supermarket for the city's poor.

Tradition holds that visitors can assure their return by tossing a coin over their shoulders into the water.

The estimated 3,000 euros ($4,000, £2,000) which splash daily into the Trevi are collected each night.

Charity Caritas says it plans to set up a supermarket offering essential items free of charge to Rome's needy.

Families will be given a top-up card by their local councils which they can swap for basic food items at the supermarket in central Rome.