ROME, ITALY - 20 JUNE 2017: A view of the Fountain of L'Acqua Paola is seen here in the Gianicolo neighborhood in Rome, Italy, on June 20th 2017.
The warm weather has brought a menacing whiff of tourists behaving badly in Rome. On April 12, a man went skinny-dipping in the Trevi fountain resulting in a viral web video and a 500 euro fine.
Virginia Raggi, the mayor of Rome and a national figurehead of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, issued an ordinance involving harsher fines for eating, drinking or sitting on the fountains, for washing animals or clothes in the fountain water or for throwing anything other than coins into the water of the Trevi Fountain, Bernini’s Four Fountains and 35 other city fountains of artistic or historic significance around the city. “It is unacceptable that someone use them to go swimming or clean themselves, it’s an historic patrimony that we must safeguard,” Ms. Raggi said.