Why You Should Be Aware Of Rome’s New Regulations For Tourists
By Kelsey Marie
Rome is Italy’s top tourist destination because of its culture, history and amazing food. However, tourists traveling to Rome can be in huge trouble if they don’t follow the new regulations of this popular city.
Rome City Council’s updates to their public action laws will affect not only the millions of tourists visiting annually but also local Romans. For example, men walking around outside with no shirt on is now against the law — no matter how hot it may be that day. If a man is caught strolling bare-chested, he will be fined.
Virginia Raggi, the Mayor of Rome states, “Rome is, and always will be, welcoming, but that does not mean tolerating bad behavior and damage being done to our city”, as reported by The Telegraph. The mayor has also announced she would be urging foreign embassies to inform their citizens of Rome’s new regulations.
City authorities are tired of unsavory behavior from tourists and they are even banning eating messy snacks in public places because tourists have been dropping cheese and tomato sauce on the monuments.
The other forbidden acts from Rome’s new regulations include:
- Wheeled suitcases are no longer allowed to be dragged down the stairs of historic monuments such as the Spanish Steps
- Couples attaching “love padlocks” on bridges for their Instagram-worthy declarations of love
- Hanging laundry on wires that extend from one building to the other side of the street
Fines can result in up to €450.
The biggest offense of them all is drinking incorrectly from the nasoni (public drinking fountains) — you are forbidden to let your lips touch the metal spout. Instead, you are expected to drink from the nasoni like the Romans do, by placing your finger beneath the mouth of the spout until the water spurts out into an arc of water; making it easy to drink from.
There are around 2,800 nasone in Rome, which all offer free drinking water.
Tourists who don’t adhere to this new regulation can face being banned from the area that the offense was committed.
At the end of the day, it is always important to research the rules and regulations of the countries you are traveling to, to avoid run-ins with the law.
Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.