New Rules for Roman Holidays as City Cracks Down on Bad Behavior and Aggressive Centurions

By Anna Breuer on 13 June 2019
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DSC_0410When in Rome, act like a Roman, not a rowdy tourist.

The city is cracking down on traveler misbehavior in the historic city center such as wading in its fountains the way Anita Ekberg did in the Trevi Fountain in Fellini’s classic film, “La Dolce Vita. It is also banning tourists from “messy” eating or drinking near its national landmarks and monuments and walking around partially unclothed.

To protect tourists, it is also banning those who would dress up like Centurions complete with tunics and breastplates and charge tourists money for posing in photos, a problem that gave Rome a Times Square-like feel. The city has also banned ticket touts outside tourist attractions.

Under the new regulations, it is illegal to wrap one’s mouth on the nozzle of a public fountain, and to sing when intoxicated on public transportation.

The Eternal City is also taking steps to protect the city’s ancient streets and stairs, the city is warning visitors not to drag wheeled luggage down historic staircases.

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