Rome Bans Snacking (and Bathing) at Historic Landmark Fountains

The Mayor of Rome is sick of tourists using historic landmarks as lunch spots. Virginia Raggi issued a set of new rules and regulations in Italy's capital that bans all eating and drinking near Rome's historic fountains. RomaToday reports that  Raggi's office instituted the ban "to prevent the incidents that are contrary to rules of urban decorum, and to ensure adequate protection of the historical, artistic and archaeological capital of Rome."

The new rule applies to 15 fountains, including those in some of the city's main squares like Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Navona, Piazza Barberini, and Piazza del Popolo. Other fountains include Trastevere's Piazza Santa Maria and Piazza della Madonna dei Monti - popular evening destinations for tourists and locals alike.

It's not just eating and drinking that will get you fined. Throwing things, including yourself, into the fountains could get you in trouble. After the Trevi fountain reopened in 2015 after a historic clean up effort, officials instituted fines for bathing in the fountain.

A common occurrence for locals and tourists, who sometimes still take a dip when nobody's watching. So, no food, no drinks, no bathing (of yourself or your pets), and no laundry allowed.

This isn't the first time officials in the ancient city put their foot down against untidy tourists. In 2012, Mayor Giovanni Alemanno signed an executive order banning food or drinks anywhere in the city center. While the ban now is limited just to fountains, then it included  the Colosseum, the Roman Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi fountain.

The poor public behavior ban is in effect until the end of October. Violators can  face fines between ?40 and ?240.

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