Rome's visitors have to think of an extra time before settling down at the nearest tourist attraction to eat their lunch or trying to grab a glass of wine in a park late at night. The Italian capital has decided that several measures previously tested to get public space in the eternal city will now be permanent.
Here is what is forbidden in Rome:
- It will continue to be prohibited from drinking alcohol in glass containers outdoors after 10pm, or in any form of container between midnight and 7am in the morning. Anyone who violates the rules will be fined € 150. City bars will not be allowed to serve alcohol after 02 and organized alcohol tours are prohibited.
- Heavy fines will also continue to be handed out to those who get to live their Anita Ekberg dreams and take a dip in Rome's fountains, or throw something other than coins into them. You must not spill liquid in the fountains, climb on them or let their pets quench their thirst with the water. Even before, it is also forbidden to take their lunch bag at tourist attractions such as the Spanish Steps.
- According to the new rules, the police will be able to pay fines of 900 euros and prohibit unwanted people from staying in specific neighborhoods for 48 hours. If the person continues to cause problems, the ban can be extended. The law has so far been mainly used against beggars and migrants who were considered to harass tourists.
- But it is not just the visitors in Rome who are given new rules to relate to. The authorities of Rome also want to arrange for those who make money from the tourists. The ban on the city's "gladiators" becomes permanent with a fine of 400 euros for anyone who wears a historical costume and pays tourists for, for example, photographs.
- Anyone who sells tickets to tourist attractions with promises to avoid sex without having official co-operation with the authorities will be penalized.
In order to ensure compliance with the rules, another 500 police officers will be given powers to distribute fines to those who violate the laws.