(France Media Agency)
Sun January 5, 2020
Rome’s city council has banned souvenir stalls around the Trevi Fountain and other major tourist attractions in the Italian capital, The Guardian reports, citing a memo released by city officials.
Since January 1, 2020, souvenir stalls in Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna and around the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain are prohibited. As a concession, some curio vendors may be allowed to sell their wares on adjacent streets.
The new policy is backed by Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi, who describes it as a necessary measure to preserve “decorum, security and legality” in the historic center of the Eternal City.
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The 17 stalls that will be affected by the ban primarily sell souvenirs like Colosseum-shaped keychains, but some of them also sell other items like Donald Trump figurines, which have nothing to do with it. Rome.
In its quest for “decorum”, Rome’s city council has already banned eating street food near city landmarks and walking around shirtless. And of course bad luck like jumping into a fountain in Piazza di Spagna or anywhere else in the city is now punishable by a fine of up to 450 euros.