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American tourist fined $450 for eating gelato on steps of Rome fountain

An American tourist received a hefty fine from police for eating ice cream on the steps of a famous fountain in Rome last weekend.

The 55-year-old tourist was reprimanded by Italian authorities in the early hours of Saturday morning (03.09.22) for eating his desert at the Fontana dei Catecumeni.

The landmark, which was built by Battista Rusconi in 1589, became a popular spot for local gatherings but was recently sealed off by officials in order preserve it.

The “Urban Decorum” rules which passed in 2017 from former Mayor Virginia Raggi, prohibits eating, drinking and sitting on Roman fountains. The tape was reportedly removed which led the man to believe it was OK to sit there as he wasn’t aware he was in any violation.

The man, who also had a beer in his hand, had been asked to move by police but failed to abide by the rules and was issued with a fine for the infraction.

The legislation, which was first drafted in 1946, has also banned people from pushing strollers down the historic steps, swimming in fountains and walking around bare-chested in a bid to restore decorum to the capital.

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