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Rome Is Banning Street Gladiators and Enforcing Strict New Drinking Regulations to Combat Unruly Tourists

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 25/11/2018 Cailey Rizzo
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The Roman city council just passed a new law banning costumed gladiators, drinking on the street and swimming in any of the fountains.

The council claims this measure is to curb badly-behaved tourists in the eternal city.

In a statement on Wednesday, Mayor Virginia Raggi and the city council detailed the new measures “aimed at promoting respect for the common good by both citizens and tourists.”

No longer will tourists be able to take a snapshot with an entertainer dressed up as a Roman gladiator. Those caught in costume and soliciting tourists for money can be hit with a $450 (€400) fine. People selling admission to attractions or unlicensed food on the street in the historic city center will be subject to similar fines.

Drinking on the street from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. is now an offense. It’s also illegal for grocery stores to sell alcohol between these times. Bars must stop serving at 2 a.m. The city notes that it may change this rule during special festivals and celebrations.

Police officers who catch tourists and citizens breaking the new laws can issue fines or ban them from an area for up to 48 hours. Repeat offenders can be banned for up to 60 days.

The city council has been slowing passing more regulations to combat the disorderly tourists pouring into Rome. Tourists have been known to swim in the public fountains, scratch their names into the Colosseum (more than once) and even steal ancient cobblestones from the streets.

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