The most profoundly magical evening in Rome was spent at the Trevi Fountain.
Built in 1629, this fountain is a crowning achievement of Roman art and ambition. But the popularity of this titanic Italian icon is fueled not just by it's size or architecture, but rather its legend.
To throw one coin into the fountain will guarantee your return to Rome.
If it's a new romance you seek, you must part with two coins.
But, for those pining for marriage (or sometimes, more appropriately, divorce) you must buy your wish by tossing three coins into the mystical water.
So, how many coins would I throw? One coin was a no-brainer---who wouldn't want to come back to Rome? And a new romance---that's easy too. I was on vacation; everyone wants a little romance on vacation. But marriage? With my track record (as you've followed with excruciating detail), a happy marriage sometimes felt like an impossible, unreachable pipe-dream---one I wasn't eve sure I wanted to try for.
So, did I want to admit that marriage was on my to-do list?
I looked around, took a deep breath, and tossed three coins into the water.
I blame the vino.