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(NBC News)   "Once I caught a group of tourists who set a table on the Spanish Steps, with table cloth and cutlery. This has to stop"   (worldnews.nbcnews.com) divider line 20
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2012-10-06 12:21:47 PM  
3 votes:
Both a Chinese tourist eating ice cream from a cup and a Romanian digging from a bag of chips while admiring the sunset over Via Condotti pointed out that there were no signs explaining the new law and asked how were they supposed to know about the rule.

When asked about this complaint, three local policemen patrolling the area told NBC News that there was no need for a sign.

"It's common sense," one officer said, wearing a designer Rolex watch. "You can't dirty such a beautiful and historical monument with ice cream and bread crumbs just because you can sit on it. So we give them a ticket. However, since most of them are foreigners, we offer to take care of the formalities if they simply give us cash in the amount of the ticket. Otherwise, we might have to take them to jail. So far, most people have been quite compliant."
2012-10-06 01:09:43 PM  
2 votes:

thamike: This is a generous representation of a typical aftermath.

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I have lived most of my life in towns that would be classified as tourist or honeymoon destinations and I have seen this sort of thing first hand on a daily basis during the season. Local merchants as well as the local government have to make a concerted effort to provide trash bins and clean up after the tourists. If tourism is your major industry then it is in your best interests to make the effort to keep things clean and make things nice for the tourists. Selling tourists food and beverages then ticketing them for eating and drinking is, frankly, bull exhaust.
2012-10-06 12:30:08 PM  
2 votes:
"It's common sense," one officer said. "You can't dirty such a beautiful and historical monument with ice cream and bread crumbs just because you can sit on it."

Right, so I can't drop a breadcrumb on them, but walking on them, that's fine? Sounds to me more like the Roman Restauranteur and Cafe Association is bankrolling the mayor. Get people to stop eating on the steps and they'll have to start eating at cafes instead.

Here's how you treat tourists messing things up: you clean it, because a few extra euros spend on cleaning up the crap is much cheaper than driving tourists away by being dicks to them.
2012-10-06 06:17:47 PM  
1 votes:
But they used to let lions eat in the Colosseum.
2012-10-06 01:36:07 PM  
1 votes:

Dinjiin: Meh, fark Rome. It was the most disappointing part of my trip to Italy. The place had some of the most overpriced, substandard food I had in the country. Actually, just about everything was overpriced, even when in comparison to Florence or Venice. The city is horribly filthy. Some monuments were homes to huge colonies of feral cats and the smell of urine was overpowering. And it is a pain to get around because the subway sucks and street signs are a PITA to see.

I enjoyed the smaller towns like Livorno and Lucca. Awesome food, great prices, smaller crowds.


My rule to judge a tour destination in Europe: how many movies took place there in the late 40s through mid 60s? The more, the worse the city is nowadays for tourism.

Eastern Europe for capital cities, sleepy countryside towns for much of western Europe. (Scandanavia is big city only as it is Europe's suburb).
2012-10-06 01:24:18 PM  
1 votes:

red5ish: thamike: This is a generous representation of a typical aftermath.
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I have lived most of my life in towns that would be classified as tourist or honeymoon destinations and I have seen this sort of thing first hand on a daily basis during the season. Local merchants as well as the local government have to make a concerted effort to provide trash bins and clean up after the tourists. If tourism is your major industry then it is in your best interests to make the effort to keep things clean and make things nice for the tourists. Selling tourists food and beverages then ticketing them for eating and drinking is, frankly, bull exhaust.


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Well there's plenty of places you can go which state "no food or drinks". It's called a "sign", or a guide stopping people at the entrance. Hey look at that- pictograms and everything, language-independent.

You don't wait for them to violate an unstated law and then ticket them.

Tourists bring IN money. Into your entire farking economy. Don't kill your golden goose.
2012-10-06 01:21:03 PM  
1 votes:
Screw Italy, go visit another country. Tourism is about all they had left to destroy in their economy. Mission accomplished.
2012-10-06 12:53:29 PM  
1 votes:

red5ish: It's full of food carts around here ... where am I supposed to eat?

I think I may have identified an inconsistency in the law.


That's how they get you. It's a trap!
2012-10-06 12:50:43 PM  
1 votes:
It's full of food carts around here ... where am I supposed to eat?

I think I may have identified an inconsistency in the law.
2012-10-06 12:49:40 PM  
1 votes:
Yes Rome, destroy your tourist industry because I'm sure your exports of boy-fiddling religous figures will certainly keep that economy in the black.
2012-10-06 12:36:37 PM  
1 votes:
Stupid law, typical of bureaucracies and government out of control with too much power.

Just because something happened once doesn't mean you need to legislate against it.

In addition, they have generic vagrancy and loitering laws. The cops have the power to make those tourists picnicing to move on, without having to have a second, redundant law, against one specific thing which is already covered by the generic law. This law was totally unnecessary.
2012-10-06 12:34:50 PM  
1 votes:
If they wanted to fix the problem, theyd set up tables and trash cans. Theyd rather bully people, squeeze them for cash and make visiting their country even less appealing.
2012-10-06 12:34:15 PM  
1 votes:
They shoved away a group of young Dutch tourists who sat next to the Colosseum to enjoy their pizzas. "Go, go," Adib told the bemused boys, who didn't know which crime they had committed.

There are two kinds of people I can't stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures, and the Dutch.
2012-10-06 12:32:53 PM  
1 votes:
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This is possibly the most generous representation of tourist behavior in Rome. 


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This is a generous representation of a typical aftermath.


Yes, yes it all sounds draconian, until you have seen it.
2012-10-06 12:30:42 PM  
1 votes:
Sounds like they'll waste more money giving out tickets than they'll get from the fines, and no one seems to care anyway.
2012-10-06 12:29:38 PM  
1 votes:

Theaetetus: "You can't dirty such a beautiful and historical monument with ice cream and bread crumbs just because you can sit on it.


Acidic pigeon poop, still permitted.
2012-10-06 12:27:31 PM  
1 votes:
When asked about this complaint, three local policemen patrolling the area told NBC News that there was no need for a sign.
"It's common sense," one officer said.


This is the way I see a lot of officials in other countries.
"You're ignorant, so I'll punish you."
/ya, here in the US too.
2012-10-06 12:24:40 PM  
1 votes:
I never set up a table but my friends and I quickly realized that a nice bottle of wine was 5 euros (no excise tax!) and the random people at the Spanish Steps or Piazza Navona were more fun than the denizens of most of the bars and clubs.

If they're going to call the carabinieri on friendly drunk 20 year olds with terrible Italian, that's just awful. People from all over the world putzing around these monuments are a part of the monument.
2012-10-06 12:22:23 PM  
1 votes:

Tax Boy: wallet-stealing gypsies, still permitted at the monuments.


My friend saw one of them doing the "please give me money for my baby" routine, then saw her pass off the baby to another gypsy when her shift was over.
2012-10-06 12:16:29 PM  
1 votes:
The mayor of the "eternal city" has made it illegal to eat snacks and junk food on or around its monuments.

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