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."
thamike: This is a generous representation of a typical aftermath.
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.
red5ish: thamike: This is a generous representation of a typical aftermath.[imageshack.us image 550x320]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.
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.
Theaetetus: "You can't dirty such a beautiful and historical monument with ice cream and bread crumbs just because you can sit on it.
Tax Boy: wallet-stealing gypsies, still permitted at the monuments.
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