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Picnics in Rome could be a thing of the past

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Picnics in Rome could be a thing of the past
Picnics are a great summer activity, particularly if you're in a new and exciting city as there's so much to have a look at while you're sitting down munching on chicken drumsticks and cold sausages. That said, if you've booked yourself a hostel in Rome for a holiday this year, you might be advised to consider where you park your picnic blanket, as the city has implemented an official ban, prohibiting people from eating away outside historic monuments.

According to Rick Steves of Tribune Media Services, who was writing an article for the Seattle Times and counts Rome as one of his two favourite cities, this rule is unlikely to be enforced with rigour, but those who had visions of sitting down on the Spanish Steps with a loved one under the Italian sun with a glass of champagne in one hand and a strawberry in the other may like to revise their plans somewhat.

"One place you're likely to be fined for picnicking is on the Spanish Steps," Mr Steves said.

However, you can enjoy an al fresco meal at the Piccolo Theatre and the writer advised travellers to "bring a picnic fit for a Roman". Alternatively, you might get lucky and be able to feast outside the House of Vetti, which could possibly reopen its doors to the public once more.

You may not be able to picnic outside it but the Derby Telegraph recently recommended the Flavian Amphitheatre - also known as the Coliseum - as the first stop on a Roman holiday for all those interested in history.

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