Every year, tourists throw coins worth a million euros into the Trevi fountain, usually making a wish in the process. The money goes to charity.
The Church and the mayor of Rome are at odds over the reallocation of funds collected from the famous Trevi Fountain. Some of the money is set to address the city's ills and no longer go entirely to chairity.
Some 1.4 million euros (1.5 million dollars) collected from Rome's Trevi Fountain last year have been donated to Catholic charity Caritas.
Tour operators are furious at a ban stopping them driving near Rome's ancient monuments, fearing for their businesses. But the city's mayor is refusing to back down in a tense stand-off.
After announcing hefty fines for snacking tourists, the Italian capital has now dispatched patrols to enforce behavior. Several tourists have been seen bathing in the fountain.
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