Rome removes souvenir stalls from tourist sites –


These popular attractions include the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona

The Italian capital is seeing another update to its tourism policy as city officials are tasked with cleaning up popular tourist spots. The most recent measure will remove souvenir stalls from some city sites in a bid to improve “decorum, safety and legality” in the historic downtown area.

The new decision came into effect with the new year, on January 1. A total of 17 stalls selling an assortment of trinkets are to be moved from popular attractions, such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon and Piazza Navona.

Eight of these 17 stalls will still be allowed to trade in the streets adjacent to the monuments.

Bad behavior that can cause damage to sites was banned in 2019

Street performers are also being eradicated from the streets of Rome — BOOCYS/Shutterstock

The latest measure follows previous policy changes last year when the city has banned bad behavior from famous landmarks. Such behaviors include eating “messy” food, drinking, climbing monuments, walking around partially naked, jumping in fountains, or dragging wheeled suitcases down steps.

A hefty fine of up to around €400 will await anyone who breaks the law and in some cases could result in a temporary ban from the city centre.

Street trading was also banned last year, but the city still sees examples of it around monuments.

“We don’t want people taking baths, destroying or smearing monuments anymore,” Mayor Virginia Raggi said at the time. Raggi also promised “zero tolerance for those who mess up our city”.

Despite difficulties enforcing many measures, the city has reportedly succeeded in banning modern centurions – people who dress up as ancient Roman warriors and then demand money from tourists.


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