Ah, Europe, the place where casual nudity is no big deal and where no one gives you side-eye for lighting up a cigarette at dinner. It's a wonderful, free, and wine-filled place. And Rome used to be the jewel of it. Not anymore.
In what we could only imagine to be an effort to dissuade loud Americans from living out our Audrey Hepburn à la Roman Holiday dreams this summer, the Italian city's mayor, Virginia Raggi, has been enforcing some new, very not-chic rules. For one, visitors can no longer eat and drink near, or even sit on, Rome's historic fountains. Sorry, but that photo of you with gelato near the Trevi Fountain ain't happening.
Now, to make our lives even less fun, the city has temporarily outlawed public drinking after 10 pm - all the way through the end of October. The ban also prohibits stores from selling alcohol after 10, and bars and clubs from serving after 2 am. "We don't want the Roman summer evenings to be ruined by episodes linked to excessive consumption of alcohol," the mayor said in a statement, decidedly ignoring the cries of party boys and girls across the 14 municipalities the new law affects (the 15th, Ottavia, where the mayor lives, is exempt #sus).
If you're determined to spend your Eurotrip sipping vino under the stars, you should probably reroute to Paris.
[Photo via @tanyashatsillo]