Rome Comes To The Rescue Of Their Monuments!
June 15, 2017
The Italian city of Rome has banned people from swimming in its iconic fountains, with a fine of up to €240 (₹17,000) on violators.
WHAT LED TO THE BAN?
One of Italy’s most visited cities, Rome has long struggled to protect treasures such as the Colosseum and prevent tourists paddling in its sculpted fountains. Mayor Virginia Raggi said that people caught picnicking or camping out on the fountains’ pedestals, putting their feet in the water or going for a swim would be fined up to €240. Rome’s police has been tasked with monitoring these sites even more closely.
THE MONUMENTS ON THE WATCH-LIST
The list of monuments marked out for extra protection includes the 500 year-old Barcaccia, a boat-shaped fountain at the foot of the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the 17th-century Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi fountain.