Florence, Italy: La Fontana del Porcellino

Sep 28, 2009 at 9:29 p.m. ET

In Florence, Italy on the south side of the Mercato Nuovo's Loggia -- built in 1546 -- you can find the "Fontana del Porcellino," the Piglet Fountain, as Pietro Tacca's bronze wild boar (1612) is nicknamed by the Florentines.

An ancient legend claims that if you make a wish while you touch the animal's nose -- or, if you insert a coin into the animal's mouth, and the coin falls down through the grid below the Porcellino, your wish will become true very soon.

Every year, many students, as well as many Florentines and tourists, come to perform this old ritual to ask for good fortune.