When In Rome – Don’t Sit On The Spanish Steps Or Wade In The Trevi Fountain!

If the 1953 classic ‘Roman Holiday’ had been filmed this year, Audrey Hepburn wouldn’t have been able to enjoy her own ice cream cone while perched on the Spanish Stairs. It’s not the only iconic film scene that Rome’s new bylaws would’ve quashed… Anita Ekberg’s sensual soak in the ‘Trevi Fountain’ during La Dolce Vita(1960) would run her a $500 fine today!

(Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in 1953 film “Roman Holiday.”Courtesy Everett Collection)

The Mayor of of the City of Rome, Italy, Virginia Raggi and the rest of the Roman government recently passed a number of regulations to help preserve the city’s historical landmarks, which includes banning visitors from sitting on the iconic Spanish Steps. The steps recently received a $1.7-million restoration funded largely by luxury brand Bulgari, which has operated a shop in the square since 1884. Officers can now fine you up to $450 for failing to move along or soiling the steps in any way.

It’s not really sitting that proves most problematic, but rather the propensity for tourists to use the stairs as a place to take a snack or drink break. As David Sermoneta, the president of the Piazza di Spagna Trinità dei Monti Association, told The New York Times, “You couldn’t walk around the Metropolitan Museum snacking on food and slurping a Coke. We expect the same for the center of Rome.”

Story source: http://mentalfloss.com/article/595603/

Image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Spanish_Steps


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