Italy’s culture ministry has recently rejected McDonald’s plan to open a new restaurant near the ancient Baths of Caracalla in the center of Rome. This is just one of the many measures adopted by the Eternal City to deal with the upsurge of tourists in recent years.
Street drinking is also banned in the city, while bars are now forbidden to sell alcohol between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. The government hopes these new rules can improve people’s behavior and boost their respect for the ancient city.
The baths date from the 3rd century and is next to the Coliseum and
other famous ancient sites. Caracalla ruled as co-emperor from 198 until 211
with his father. He then ruled alone until his assassination in 217.