Picnicking on the Streets of Florence Comes with a Fine

Picnicking on the Streets of Florence Comes with a Fine

New rule in Florence: tourists are not allowed to eat on the streets unless they’re walking, or they will be fined. This is aimed to respect residents and workers. Will this deter people from visiting?

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Are you planning on traveling soon? Well, if you’re planning on picnicking in the streets of Florence, you might want to reconsider. According to the NY Post, a new rule has been set on the streets of Florence, Italy that fines tourists who like to picnic on the streets. The fine will range between €150-€500, which equals to $174-$580 U.S. dollars.

The rules have been placed due to the increased number of tourists flocking to the city due to low-cost flights and cheap holiday home rentals via websites like Airbnb. Not to mention, it is Italy – home of some of the most famous structures in the world and a number of renowned fashion houses.

The city is taking aim at tourist who eat paninis, focaccia and pizza on its streets, clogging them and leaving their rubbish behind.

The ban has been set in motion around the streets of one deli, All’ Antico Vinaio, the Old Wine Merchant, which became a very popular destination after it was named as the best in Florence by a travel magazine, according to the New York Post. Its naming resulted in higher scores on TripAdvisor, leading more tourists to swarm the already congested streets.

The struggle the city faced with the rise in tourists first began when the owner of a leather shop had a fight with a Spanish family who were sitting down eating on his doorstep. Soon after, locals began complaining that they couldn’t reach their properties because of the increase in tourists sitting on the ground. The issue is still ongoing and the streets affected are Via de’Neri, Via della Ninna, Piazzale degli Uffizi and Piazza del Grano.

Mayor Dario Nardella has put forth the new set of rules that will remain until Jan. 6 of 2019 but may be extended after that. The ban is in place from noon-3 p.m. and then 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Local shops have placed signs advising tourists to not eat in the street and to “respect residents, traders and workers of this street.”

“The new rule is not aimed at tourism in general but at uneducated visitors who camp in the streets with their lunch. Right now, residents cannot get into their houses because of the tourists eating on their doorsteps,” the Mayor said.

To be clear, you can walk while eating, but stopping to eat anything is prohibited. If you plan on visiting Florence, just respect the locals and you will enjoy your time without a fine. No need to cross it out of your travel itinerary just yet. Read the full story from the New York Post here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

New rule in Florence: tourists are not allowed to eat on the streets unless they’re walking, or they will be fined. This is aimed to respect residents and workers. Will this deter people from visiting?

Totals
41% Kind of, w...
59% Not stop...
Males
42% Kind of, w...
58% Not stop...
Females
39% Kind of, w...
61% Not stop...

Kind of, want to picnic

Not stopping me


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