It sounds like paradise: Visiting Rome’s iconic, taking in its great beauty, with a cone of delicious gelato in one hand and a cappuccino in the other. But that idyllic fantasy could actually get you in trouble with the law.
According to the Associated Press, Rome's Mayor, Virginia Raggi, just signed a new law that aims to protect around 40 of Rome’s most famous fountains—but it might put a damper on your fun. You now can’t eat or drink near
The law comes after various monuments have been damaged due to visitors’ bad behavior. A man swam naked in the Trevi fountain this spring, and Dutch soccer fans damaged the Barcaccia fountain and left broken beer bottles in the water. According to The Local, police have already upped fines for bathing in fountains, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying it out. Eating is also forbidden on Rome’s Spanish Steps, and tourists have been fined for snacking on that historic landmark.
"Everyone must respect Rome's beauty,” Raggi said in a videotaped statement. "We have to protect our city, decorum is important."
So heads up if you’re visiting Rome anytime soon: If you want some gelato, have a seat at a café instead. It’ll save you
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.