Rome Bans Snacking at Historic and Cultural Sites

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A recently enacted municipal ordinance bans eating at sites of "particular historic, artistic, architectonic and cultural value" in Rome, Italy, reports the New York Times.
Sites covered by the ban include much of the city center and in particular landmarks such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps, reports the New York Times.
The Huffington Post reports fines for violating the ordinance range from €25 to €500, or $32 to $645.
The ordinance also bans camping and "setting up makeshift beds" near monuments, reported the New York Times.
The municipal council member responsible for tourism in Rome, Antonio Gazzellone, admitted alcohol may have played a role in the regulation's adoption. "There were people camped out, and we were't able to move them," Gazzellone said to the New York Times.
Bans intended to guard the city's beauty are not new to Rome. In September, Roman officials removed and banned love locks attached to Ponte Milvio after already enacting a €50 fine to those caught attaching locks, reported the Huffington Post.
As the new law is written, it must be renewed at the end of the year to continue, reported the New York Times.
Gazzellone told the New York Times he hopes the law need not apply, "because it means that citizens and guests to Rome have understood how to behave. I hope we don't make a penny -- because it means the city is being respected in its beauty."

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