Exasperated by tourists who frolic in Rome’s public fountains, vandalise its monuments and treat its landmarks as their own personal living rooms, the city famous for its artistic heritage and easy-going lifestyle has had enough.
The Italian capital’s first populist mayor, Virginia Raggi, presented a law banning bad behaviour including eating or drinking or climbing on monuments, walking around partially unclothed and wading through fountains.
While many of the measures already existed in temporary form or were rarely enforced, a unanimous city council vote on Thursday made them permanent.
Disobeying these rules means local authorities can exile the badly behaved from the city’s historic centre for 48 hours.
Florence last year called for fines as high as 500 euros (£445) for visitors who eat on pavements or in doorways at meal times near its landmark Uffizi Galleries.
In Amsterdam, the city plans to ban guided tours of the red-light district.
“We don’t want people to take a bath, or ruin or dirty monuments any more,” she said from a terrace above her Capitoline Hill office overlooking the ancient Roman forum and Colosseum and their steady streams of tourists.
Earlier in the day, she told reporters she has started writing to foreign ambassadors whose citizens had been caught behaving badly.
But the city faces an uphill battle.
On the grand staircase that leads to the Michelangelo-designed square outside City Hall, tourists nibbled on snacks, chugged down beer and fed seagulls bread as a traffic officer strolled by at the bottom of the stairs.