Rome new rules for tourists: everything you need to know on how they will affect your trip

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A few days ago the Council of Rome has approved a new set of rules in the attempt of introducing more “decorum” among both locals and tourists.

The new rules are part of an Italian-wide measure to manage mass tourist presence and curb anti-social behavior in general (see also the rules for tourists in Venice). With the high season kicking in, Rome city council has updated existing legislation that dates all the way back to 1946 with the objective of improving the city life for everybody.

Some of the rules are quite specifics, like the prohibition for tourists to let their lips touch the metal spout when drinking from the public fountains, called nasoni. Instead they should do as the Romans do – place a finger beneath the mouth of the spout so that the water spurts out of a strategically placed hole on top of it, producing an arc of water that is easy to drink.

They also include a ban for those who jump into water fountains and those who walk around the city bare-chested. The popular tourist tradition of attaching “love padlocks” on bridges and main attractions will incur a fine. Over-messy eating and dragging wheeled suitcases down steps are banned in the areas around historic monuments.

You will not find the Roman soldiers charging for photos near hotpots such as the Trevi Fountain or Colosseum anymore, or buskers singing or playing loud music on public transport. Those who advertise “skip-the-line” tours outside historic monuments such as the Vatican are also banned.

The amount of fines people could incur if they’re caught breaking the new rules is still unclear. However, police will be patrolling historic sites, and tourists who do not respect the Eternal City and its beauty could now face a temporary ban from returning to the area in which they caused an offence.


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