Tourists Who Sit on Rome’s Spanish Steps Face a Steep Fine

These steps aren’t made for sitting. Roman police have begun enforcing a law that makes it illegal to sit, eat, or drink on the city’s iconic Spanish Steps; those who run afoul of the new rule, which went into effect last month, risk incurring a fine of up to €400 ($447). That’s a heavy price to pay for catching a breather during your vacation.

Spanish Steps

It’s also a bit ironic considering that Rome’s own tourism website refers to the steps as “a place for meeting and a pleasant rest,” but that’s neither here nor there.

Preserving the Past

Italy in general and its capital in particular have been taking action to preserve the country’s many renowned landmarks, including the Trevi Fountain.  . . .

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SF Source The Discoverer Aug 2019

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