Rome Announces Ban on Souvenir Stands at Historical Tourist Attractions

Rome Announces Ban on Souvenir Stands at Historical Tourist Attractions

Look forward to seeing less of these stalls blocking your view of the Pantheon with Rome’s new laws aiming to protect these historical sites.

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Sick of unsightly stands selling cheap trinkets spoiling the atmosphere of ancient relics? As part of Rome’s latest attempt to restore some “decorum” to its historical sites, the city council has plans to uproot the pesky souvenir stands – starting with the major tourist attractions.

17 of these stalls will be closed down with effect from 1 January 2020, focused around tourist hotspots such as the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. 

Rome’s Mayor Virginia Raggi was firm on the council’s stance, stating to the media that “for years, the monuments of the city have been tarnished by vendors who sell drinks, panini and trinkets in front of Rome’s architectural jewels”. 8 of these stalls were, however, allowed to continue their operations further away from the monuments.

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This follows a recent trend of the city cracking down on the hijinks of badly behaved tourists, outlawing the consumption of street food within the vicinity of the monuments or sitting on the famed Spanish Steps. For those planning to go for a skinny dip in the fountains, you’re out of luck as well; unless you are willing to risk a fine up to 450 euros.

The bans aim to improve tourist safety and ease the heavy congestion faced by these popular attractions. Illegal street-trading and ticket-touting by peddlers outside these tourist sites are also on the line to getting the boot. 


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From the sunny streets to the dim red glow of the darkroom, a camera is never far from Hern’s hands. And so, he can be found travelling ever further in pursuit of the perfect scene, the perfect light, the perfect image. Or in bed, all tuckered out.


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