One of Italy’s most beloved tourist destinations – Florence – has announced new fines. If you snack on some streets, you may need to pay even 500 euros.
The ban has been published in four central city streets and squares – Via de ‘Neri, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Piazza del Grano, and Via della Ninna. It runs from 12 to 15 hours, and 18-22 hours Such tight measures have been taken to tame the tourists who eat just sitting on the sidewalk, on the doorstep of shops and living quarters.
The locals are angry that it’s become harder and harder to get through the overcrowded streets. In addition, such snackers usually leave behind much rubbish.
Last summer, City Mayor Dario Nardella threatened to drive away with the water hose all city’s guests who eat on the staircase of the churches in Florence.
Florence annually visits about 10.2 million tourists – over five years their flows increased by a quarter. They are attracted by Michelangelo’s David statue, the medieval bridge of the exceptional architecture, Ponte Vecchio.
The most recent ban in Florence is part of Italy’s efforts to cope with the rising tourist flow in the country. The Italians are angry that a large number of tourists do not adhere to basic social standards and impede public order.