Rome bans snacking near historic sites
Poor backpacking tourists! The reason why most visitors to Rome snack near monuments and other historical sites is that they want to avoid the expensive cafes that tack on a surcharge for their outdoor tables near tourist spots. Unfortunately for tight-on-the-budget tourists, Roman authorities have no cheaper snacking alternative in these areas =( Now, the reason why the city’s officials banned snacking near historical sites is that they want to preserve artistic treasures and decorum in a city that draws millions of visitors every year. Food miscreants will be fined as much as $80.
The ordinance also bans the homeless from setting up makeshift beds and cracks down on drunks, litterbugs and nighttime revelers loitering in central areas. The ban, passed on July 10, stays in effect until the end of October. Venice has already previously banned picnics in public places and bare torsos in St. Mark’s Square. City official Davide Bordoni said police would have to use their judgment in deciding when to intervene. “It is obvious that some situations must be tolerated,” he said. So far, 3 Tunisian men eating and drinking beer on the Spanish Steps were among the first to be fined.