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12 things prohibited for vacationers in Italy

More than ten million holidaymakers come to Rome every year, in Venice there are almost three times as many - especially in the high season in summer it is loud, dirty and overcrowded. The mood towards holidaymakers is shifting among many residents and also in politics.

New regulations should help to get the chaos under control. The local authorities strictly control and distribute fines, warnings and evictions. So that there is no trouble on your next vacation in Italy, you shouldn't do these twelve things.

1. Sitting on the Spanish Steps in Rome

As of this summer, you are no longer allowed to sit on the Spanish Steps in Rome. If you do it anyway, you will have to pay a fine of up to 400 euros. In August even police officers came to scare away tourists with whistles.

It is also forbidden to pull a suitcase or a stroller up one of the 135 steps.

2. Buy black market tickets

Fast lane tickets, with which you can pass the queue and enter directly, are no longer permitted in many places. For example, at historical sights such as the Vatican in Rome.

In addition, you can only buy your ticket there within the attraction - this is to contain the black market. In the event of a violation, there is a fine for the seller and the buyer.

3. Drink alcohol

Time and again, drunk tourists in Rome misbehave - this is what the city wants to contain. Therefore, guided bar tours in large groups are prohibited. In the event of a violation there is a fine for providers and tourists.

In addition, a new police ordinance stipulates that holidaymakers are not allowed to drink alcohol in public between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Bars are also only allowed to serve alcoholic drinks until 2 a.m.

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4. Make music

Singing and making music is prohibited at sights in Rome. Anyone who does not stick to it must expect a dismissal.

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5. Attach love locks

You shouldn't hang a love lock on a bridge in Italy, especially in Venice and Rome it is strictly forbidden. In the event of a violation, you will be fined.

6. Drink from public fountains

When drinking from public fountains, be careful not to let your lips touch the metal faucet. Do it like the Italians: catch the water with your hand and drink from it. Alternatively, you can bring a bottle with you. Violation threatens to be expelled.

7. Take photos with street artists

Costumed street performers are no longer allowed to take money for photos. If you want to take a photo with a disguised gladiator, you will have to do without it. If the street artists do not adhere to it, they have to pay a fine of up to 400 euros.

8. Eating and drinking before sightseeing

"Excessive" eating and drinking is prohibited in front of historical sights throughout Italy. What exactly is meant by “excessive” is probably a matter of interpretation. In any case, you should make sure not to leave any stains or rubbish - otherwise you will be sent off.

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9. Walk around without a top

In some Italian cities, including Rome and Venice, holidaymakers are prohibited from walking around without a top or in swimwear. The clothing must at least cover the shoulders. Anyone who does not adhere to the dress code will be sent off or even fined.

In a park in Venice this year a vacationer in a bikini sunbathed - she was caught and had to pay a fine of 250 euros.

10. Bathe in the fountain

Bathing in fountains is prohibited in Italy. Climbing, sunbathing, throwing objects in or cooling animals down is also prohibited. Anyone who ignores the ban has to pay a fine of up to 450 euros.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is an absolute tourist magnet. However, many of the vacationers are behaving badly - last summer eight tourists fought each other for the best place for a selfie. But there is no penalty for throwing in money.

11. Ride a bike

In Venice's old town, the Centro Storico, cycling is strictly forbidden - even pushing is taboo. In any case, it is difficult to imagine that there is still room for cyclists among the thousands of pedestrians.

12. Hang up the laundry

Many associate it with Italy: colorfully draped clotheslines in narrow streets. Drying laundry between house facades is now prohibited in Rome and Venice. Anyone who still hangs their wet clothes on the leash has to pay a fine.