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Rome continues tourism cleanup with crackdown on outdoor cafe tables

Excerpt from NBC News

Jun 13, 2013 8:22 am

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Fines for snacks on the Spanish steps, bans on performers outside of the Coliseum, and regulations on street food vendors: Italian officials clearly want to clean up Rome, but they risk upsetting its vital tourism sector in the process.

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Tourists relax at an outdoor cafe in Rome, Italy. EuroCheapo / Flickr


Dear to the hearts of tourists visiting Rome are its picturesque piazzas dotted with cafés and restaurants, charming spots where they can enjoy a coffee or aperitif while taking in the architecture and local culture.

But the five main piazzas in the city’s historical center are overflowing with tables, city officials say, causing them to crack down and establish quotas for how many tables each restaurant and bar can set outside.

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