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Trevi levy: Rome imposes fines for frolicking at famous fountains

The everlasting metropolitan is engaged in a constant combat to prevent tourists from marring its ancient monuments

Rome is cracking down on anyone hoping to recreate Anita Ekbergs dip in the Trevi fountain in the film La Dolce Vita, prescribing fines for bad action in and around the citys watery wonders.

One of Italys most visited cities, Rome has long struggled to protect treasures such as the Colosseum and prevent tourists paddling in its sculpted fountains.

Angry headlines in Italian newspapers as temperatures have risen in recent weeks have included The incivility sustains: Sightseers in the fountains and the flowerbeds and Shrines under attack.

Mayor Virginia Raggi on Monday remarked people caught picnicking or camping out on the fountains pedestals, putting their feet in the water or going for a swim would be fined up to 240.

We need to protect our city, and good behaviour is important, Raggi, a member of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, said in a video positioned on Facebook.

The act imposing the penalties, which start from a minimum of 40, applies in respect of the summer season until 31 October.

Romes police has been tasked with monitoring these sites more closely, Raggi said in the video, filmed overlooking the imposing grey Altar of the Fatherland in central Rome.

As well as the Trevi, the schedule of statues labelled out for extra protection includes the 500 year-old Barcaccia, a boat-shaped fountain at the foot of the Spanish Stairs which was badly chipped by drunken football boosters in 2015.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ world/ 2017/ jun/ 13/ trevi-levy-rome-imposes-fines-for-frolicking-at-famous-fountains

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