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Rome's Trevi Fountain made over $1million

Some 1.4 million euros (1.5 million dollars) collected from Rome's Trevi Fountain last year have been donated to Catholic charity Caritas.

The money left by tourists paid for a supermarket offering free food to poor families, soup kitchens, shelters for migrants and other charitable causes, Caritas said.

Tradition dictates that visitors toss coins into the spectacular 18th-century Baroque fountain if they want to return to the Eternal City.

The collected amount was up by more than 100,000 euros compared to 2013, the last year figures were published. The monument was largely covered up from 2014 to 2015, during a restoration funded by the Fendi fashion house.

But coins were not the only items deposited in the fountain, whose facade features Greek mythological figures set against a 26-metre-high palace. Caritas staff also found religious images of Pope Francis, the Virgin Mary, Italian saint Padre Pio, as well as bracelets, sunglasses, locks and a couple of dentures in its basin, La Repubblica reported.

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