WHAT could much more normal of an Italian holiday getaway than sitting down in a sunshine-soaked piazza or the on measures of a grand cathedral, and tucking into a gelato, panino or pizza?
Properly, if you are in Florence, you can fail to remember that — or be geared up to spend for it.
The Renaissance town is cracking down on guests who take in on footpaths, doorsteps or driveways at lunch and supper occasions, threatening them with fines of up to $800 if they do so.
The new ordinance aims to battle “boorish tourists”, Florence mayor Dario Nardella mentioned.
The ordinance goes into impact this 7 days, for specific occasions of working day, masking lunch and supper occasions — midday to 3pm, and 6pm to 10pm.
It also applies to specific streets, like individuals close to the well-known Uffizi Galleries and the well-known deli All’Antico Vinaio (the Outdated Wine Service provider) in Florence’s historic centre. It is legitimate by way of to the conclude of the Italian holiday getaway period on January six and may possibly carry on soon after that.
“Violation of this regulation will be punished with fines of €150-€500 ($240-$800),” the council mentioned.
Symptoms promoting the new rule have been set up in eateries close to the town.
“The new rule is not aimed at tourism in standard but at uneducated guests who camp in the streets with their lunch,” Mr Nardella instructed The Times.
He also instructed The Telegraph: “It’s not a punitive evaluate, but a deterrent. If vacationers behave in Florence as they would at house then they will usually be welcome, particularly if they want to attempt our gastronomic specialities.”
Vacationers usually just take to taking in their takeaway foodstuff in community locations to steer clear of the substantial expenses of taking in at cafes and dining places in key Italian towns.
Previous thirty day period, a vacationer in Venice was stunned to find out he’d been charged $67 for two small coffees and two 250ml bottles of water at a cafe around St Mark’s Sq. — all simply because he’d made the decision to get pleasure from his buys in the cafe’s out of doors seating location.
Florence’s new taking in rule will come as the town struggles to offer with a huge increase in the variety of holiday getaway-makers captivated by lower-value flights and cost-effective lodging — and the garbage they depart driving.
And it is not the very first time Florence has cracked down on loitering vacationers.
Previous calendar year, Mr Nardella declared that the steps of the Renaissance city’s most popular churches would be hosed down with drinking water close to lunchtime, so folks would not be in a position to sit down and take in their lunch there.
It is one particular of a variety of weighty-handed new policies Italian towns have enforced to focus on poorly behaved vacationers.
Previous calendar year the mayor of Rome signed an purchase aimed at guarding its historical fountains, some of which experienced been vandalised or dirty more than the many years.
Vacationers caught climbing on, bathing in, or picnicking around the capital’s monumental fountains threat fines up to $355.
“Everyone have to regard Rome’s elegance,” Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi mentioned of the ban.
And Venice not too long ago began threatening tourists with fines of between $30 and $590 if they swam in canals, created picnic stops out of community places, paused as well lengthy on bridges, dropped litter, rode bikes by way of the town or went sightseeing in swimsuits.