Sunday, October 7, 2012

No Pizza On The Piazza: Rome's New Food Ban

No Pizza On The Piazza: Rome's New Food Ban, Tourists who dare to eat while at Rome's historical sites will now be smacked with a $650 fine. No more paninis on the piazza? Rome bars tourists from eating at historical sites, It is one of the simplest, most affordable pleasures of any visit to Rome: tucking into a piece of pizza, or a panino stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella, while marveling at the city's ancient monuments. But not anymore.

As of this week, anyone caught snacking around the Eternal City's centuries-old monuments and archeological sites could find themselves landed with a fine of up to 500 euros ($650).

In an attempt to bring a greater level of decorum to a city not known for order, Rome city council has passed a decree banning tourists from snacking in the historic center, which recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

That includes Piazza Navona, with its exquisite marble fountains, and the Pantheon, a vast Roman temple converted into a church. Other areas subject to the crackdown include Via dei Fori Imperiali, the broad avenue which links Piazza Venezia, Rome's main square, with the Colosseum, the ancient arena where gladiators and slaves once fought.


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