Tourist in Rome fined $740 for eating ice cream in wrong place

An American tourist in Rome was shot in the pocket after sitting by a fountain to enjoy an ice cream and a beer.

The unnamed 55-year-old man was eating his ice cream at Fontana dei Catecumeni in the Italian capital’s Monti district at 1am on Saturday (local time) when he was approached by police.

Battista Rusconi’s 16th century fountain is a popular meeting place but is normally taped off to prevent people sitting in it at night, but this was lacking at the time.

When police advised the tourist not to eat there, he refused to continue, La Repubblica newspaper reports. He was later fined €450, or just over NZ$740, for breaching Rome’s ‘urban decorum’ rules which prohibit eating, drinking and sitting at historic fountains. .

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The rules came into effect in 2017 to deter bad behavior from tourists.

Fontana dei Catecumeni was built in 1589 by Battista Rusconi.

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Fontana dei Catecumeni was built in 1589 by Battista Rusconi.

Despite this, unruly visitors continue to impact the city.

In June, two American tourists were fined €400 ($660 NZ) each for throwing electric scooters down the Spanish Steps of Rome. A few weeks earlier, a Saudi visitor drives a Maserati down the stairs.

In a separate incident, two tourists were fined €800 (NZ$1,320) after they were caught drinking inside the Colosseum late at night.