Florence bans eating in historic streets

In the tourist mecca of Florence street-snacking would be no longer allowed

From this week on the Italian city of Florence would start cracking down on tourists who pause in the historic center to eat food on sidewalks, roadways and on the doorsteps of shops and houses, according to a new order.

The ban - that attempts to alleviate sidewalk congestion by banning public eating from 12-3 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. on certain busy streets during peak times - would affect all of the four streets that run through Florence's historic city centre sidewalks and doorsteps. In case of breaking the city ordinance, eating citizens and tourists on the Via de' Neri, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Piazza del Grano and Via della Ninna may face fines of between €150 and €500.

Florence, however, isn't the only one of Italy's blockbuster cities to have introduced such controversial measures. Last year Rome also banned tourists from eating at some of its most famous landmarks including the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps. And earlier this year, Venice introduced temporary regulations over the busy May Day weekend to segregate locals and tourists, with certain areas of the city only accessible to residents and regular visitors.

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