Italos say ciao to lire

Currency tossed into Trevi Fountain to benefit Twin Towers victims

ROME — Staging a symbolic farewell that recalled the 1954 romance “Three Coins in the Fountain,” veteran Italian comedy star Alberto Sordi and actress Valeria Marini tossed the last of their lire into downtown Rome’s Trevi Fountain on Thursday.

Observed by a crowd of photographers, press and tourists, and accompanied by a carabiniere band and a children’s choir, the gesture marked the final day of circulation for Italy’s national currency, which has been phased out since the beginning of the year to be replaced by the euro.

Marini’s ample curves and blonde tresses have often earned her comparison to Anita Ekberg, who was immortalized taking a latenight dip in the historic Trevi in Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita.”

Both Sordi and Marini were named ambassadors of the Italian lira on the occasion. All money collected during the event will be donated to victims of the Twin Towers attack.

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