Trevi levy: Rome imposes fines for frolicking at famous fountains

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The everlasting metropolitan is engaged in a constant combat to prevent sightseers from damaging 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, imposing penalties 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 sightseers paddling in its sculpted fountains.

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

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

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

The decree enforcing the penalties, which start from a minimum of 40, is valid for the summer season until 31 October.

Romes police has been tasked with monitoring these locates more closely, Raggi said in the video, filmed overlooking the enforcing white-hot Altar of the Fatherland in center Rome.

As well as the Trevi, the roster of monuments marked out for extra shield included the 500 year-old Barcaccia, a boat-shaped fountain at the foot of the Spanish Stairs which was badly chipped by drunken football supporters in 2015.

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