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Italy: Rome bans eating on the street


Date: 03/12/2012
Source: FICC

Eating sandwiches, hot dogs etc. in front of/in/on historic squares and buildings is forbidden in the centre of Rome and will cost the tourist dear. From 1 January 2013 tourists who are found eating in or on places of historical or archeological interest will be fined up to €500. This decree - also known as the anti-panini law - was published in the Italian official gazette at the beginning of October 2012. If you eat a bread roll on the Spanish Steps, for example, you will be fined at least €25. There will be strict controls on the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and on the long Via dei Fori Imperiali that leads to the Colosseum. Other Italian cities such as Venice, Bologna and Bari have also banned eating and drinking on or near historic monuments and squares.