Rome just banned snacking at some of its most historic landmarks
Rome mayor Virginia Raggi is cracking down on some seriously bad behavior in Italy’s capital by issuing a few new rules and regulations, though hungry tourists may not like what’s coming.
According to The Local, authorities in Rome are banning all food and drinks near the city’s historic fountains. As RomaToday reported, 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.”
So no more indulging in gelato, pasta, or pizza as you sit peacefully by a Roman fountain. Oh, and you can forget climbing on the landmarks, washing pets, or swimming in the water as this behavior is now banned, too.
The only exception, according to The Local, is authorities will still allow tourists to throw small change into the fountain to make a wish. And you may want to do just that: legend has it if you toss a coin with your right hand over your left shoulder with your back to the fountain you will ensure a return trip to Rome. (Seriously, we didn’t make this up just to make you look silly.)
This isn’t the first time Rome has put its foot down on snacking near centuries-old monuments. In 2012, Mayor Giovanni Alemanno signed an executive order banning food or drinks anywhere in the city center — including the area around the first century A.D. Colosseum, the Roman Pantheon, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi fountain, TIME reported.
The ban on snacks, bathing, and other poor public behaviors, which applies to 15 separate fountains, will stay in effect through the end of October. If you’re caught violating the ban you’ll face a fine between €40 and €240.