By Emily King
In a continuing effort to preserve crumbling monuments, Rome is hoping change one behavior around their historic areas: snacking.
A new law forbids eating in the vicinity of Rome’s monuments in the historic city center. The penalty for eating while sight-seeing is €25 to €500; around $32 to $645.
Many of the popular sights in Rome are surrounded by cafes and eatiers, and while many hope the law will protect the historic areas and renew a sense of respect for these locations, local business owners are calling the new regulation a “war against the sandwich.”
This decision is the most recent in a trend of re-defining and re-educating local residents and tourists in Italy toward a new sense of decorum around these historic landmarks. Last month, authorities began removing “love locks” from the Ponte Milvio bridge (constructed 200 BC). Couples began fastening locks around the bridge in 2006 after the action was romanticized in Federico Moccia’s book “I Want You.”
While couples found locking their love to the bridge could be fined, locks were not removed until last month.