So now you can roam around all over Rome but you can’t sit on Rome’s famed Spanish Steps anymore because police will threaten you with a fine. City authorities have imposed a new ban at the site, beloved of tourists and immortalized in the 1953 romantic comedy Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.
The ban is imposed because they think too many people sit down for too long, obstructing the steps for others, or stop to eat lunches from nearby fast food joints.
Fines for those who do not obey police range from 160 to 400 euros ($180-450). But so far, no signs have been put up informing tourists about the ban, leaving police a lot to whistle about.