Tourists face €500 snack fine
EATING a gelato on the Spanish Steps may be at the top of a list of things to do for many visitors to Rome, but it could earn them a €500 fine.
Under a new law, people are prohibited from eating pizza, sandwiches, panini or other snacks around monuments and architectural treasures in the historic centre. Fines will range from €25 up to €500, in what one newspaper called a war against the sandwich.
"It is forbidden to encamp or erect makeshift shelters and stop to eat or drink in zones which have a particular historic or architectural value," reads the ordinance. Similar bans have been adopted in Venice, Florence and Bologna. (© Daily Telegraph, London)