Tourists are being banned from sitting on Rome’s famous Spanish Steps, as the city cracks down on unruly visitors.


The city’s “tourist police” have been seen moving people away from the monument and those in breach of the rules face a fine of €250 (£230), according to Italian news agency ANSA.

The fine can rise to €400 (£368) if the steps are dirtied or damaged.

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Earlier this year, the council issued new rules banning any “camping out” or “sitting” on historic monuments, including the Spanish Steps.

The landmark was made famous by the 1953 film Roman Holiday which starred Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

It is classed as one of Rome’s architectural masterpieces and was designed by Francesco de Sanctis between 1723 and 1726.

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The UNESCO site comprises 136 steps leading up to the Trinita dei Monti church.

In recent years the marble steps have been discoloured by pollution, as well as being stained by wine and coffee spills.

Luxury jeweller Bulgari funded a €1.5m (£1.38m) restoration of the steps in 2015.

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The latest move comes as cities crack down on troublesome tourists, with officials in Venice introducing a new raft of rules which include not swimming in canals or going shirtless in the streets.

Last month, two German tourists were fined €950 (£875) for making coffee on the steps of the Rialto bridge in Venice.



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