Nanny state or smart tourism? Rome bans public snacking

Nanny state or smart tourism? Rome bans public snacking

Put that pizza away. A new law prohibits tourists from munching, camping near some of the city's most famous monuments
Contrary to popular belief, this fountain in front of the Pantheon wasn't built for tourists in need of a place to wash their greasy pizza fingers.

Rome might be one of the world's best destinations for foodies, but thanks to a new city council ordinance tourists will have to keep their delicious slices of pizza away from certain historical monuments.  

According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, anyone caught snacking around key locations in the city's historic center will face fines of up to €500 (US$645). 

The move follows similar bans in Venice and Florence. 

Rome mayor Gianni Alemanno said the order was issued as part of urgent measures to ensure the protection of the historic center. Because we all know the harmful impact panini crumbs can have on ancient architecture.  

Snack-free zones include the marble fountains of Piazza Navona, the stone walls around the Pantheon and Via dei Fori Imperiali near the Colosseum.

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And just in case you were planning to spend the night, bear in mind that camping for the night at any of these sites is now forbidden too.

Leave your padlocks in the bedroom, lovebirds

Last month authorities took bolt cutters to Rome's famed Ponte Milvio on the river Tiber to slice off thousands of padlocks placed there by couples inspired by novelist Federico Moccia's "Ho voglia di te" (I Want You), in which two lovers place a bicycle lock around a lamppost and throw the key into the Tiber, symbolizing the eternal locking of their hearts.

The city council, which officially banned the practice in 2007, said the rusting locks were damaging the ancient bridge. 

Maybe smart preservation. Or maybe the Eternal City is fast becoming the kiljoy city.

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