Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's famous Spanish Steps

  07 August 2019    Read: 1065
Tourists banned from sitting on Rome

"Tourist police" have been seen moving people away from the monument and those in breach of the rules face a fine of €250 (£230).

Tourists are being banned from sitting on Rome's famous Spanish Steps, as the city cracks down on unruly visitors.

The city's "tourist police" have been seen moving people away from the monument and those in breach of the rules face a fine of €250 (£230), according to Italian news agency ANSA.

The fine can rise to €400 (£368) if the steps are dirtied or damaged.

Earlier this year, the council issued new rules banning any "camping out" or "sitting" on historic monuments, including the Spanish Steps.

The landmark was made famous by the 1953 film Roman Holiday which starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

It is classed as one of Rome's architectural masterpieces and was designed by Francesco de Sanctis between 1723 and 1726.

The UNESCO site comprises 136 steps leading up to the Trinita dei Monti church.


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