Rome removes souvenir stands from tourist sites

These popular attractions include Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona

The Italian capital is seeing yet another update to its tourism policy as the city officials are on a mission to clean up popular tourist landmarks. The newest measure will remove souvenir stands from some of the city’s sites in an attempt to improve “decorum, security, and legality” in the historic city center.

The new ruling came into effect with the new year, on 1 January. A total number of 17 stalls selling an assortment of knick-knacks are to be moved from popular attractions, such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona.

Eight of these 17 stands will still be allowed to trade in the streets adjacent to the monuments.

Bad behavior potentially causing damage to the sites was banned in 2019

Street performers are also on their way to eradication from the streets of Rome — BOOCYS / Shutterstock
Street performers are also on their way to eradication from the streets of Rome — BOOCYS / Shutterstock
 

The latest measure follows previous policy changes from last year when the city banned bad behavior from the famous landmarks. Such behavior includes eating “messy” food, drinking, climbing on monuments, walking around partially naked, jumping into the fountains, or dragging wheeled suitcases up and down the steps. 

A steep fine of up to around €400 will await anyone who breaks the law and in some cases, could result in a temporary ban from the city center.

Street trading was also banned last year but the city still sees instances of it around the monuments.

“We don’t want people to take a bath, or ruin or dirty monuments anymore,” said mayor Virginia Raggi at that time. Raggi also promised “zero tolerance for those marring our city”.

Despite the difficulties enforcing many of the measures, the city has reportedly been successful in banning modern-day centurions — people who dress up as ancient Roman warriors and then demand money off of tourists.