A fine of $ 581 for you to eat in the streets of this Italian city .. why?
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) - Food is one of the most popular attractions for tourists in Italy, but in Florence, eating on the street could lead to a fine of $ 581. The new ban entered into force in Florence on 4 September, with the aim of preventing people from stopping on the grounds of historic places to eat on sidewalks, shop thresholds and houses. Florence visits approximately 10.2 million tourists every year to see many famous landmarks such as the statue of David by Michelangelo and others. The number of tourists rose by 2.4 million in just five years. The four streets affected by the embargo are among the busiest streets in the city: Via de 'Neri, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Piazza del Grano and Via della Ninna. Therefore, local authorities banned eating in them from noon to 3 pm, and then from 6 pm to 10 pm, which constitute peak meal times. Via de 'Neri is famous for its food-crazed shops, which in turn increase congestion in the already congested city of Florence, in addition to the problem of waste, according to those who support the ban. "Sometimes we are faced with tourists who lack knowledge about our city, and this is not good at all," Mayor of Madrid, Dario Nardela, said on Facebook. "Only those who love Florence deserve Florence." This is not the first time that Nardella has made tough decisions about eating on the street. Last summer, he asked to spray water on the steps of the city's churches to prevent tourists from hiking. But many argue that the problem could be mitigated if local authorities put more seats and seats. Every year, a new record number of passengers is recorded by air. The concept of "excessive tourism" has been widely circulated in the field of travel. Many European regions have difficulty balancing their need for tourism profits and maintaining the charm of their areas for their residents. And visitors alike. Florence is not the only Italian city to carry out controversial measures. In 2017, Rome banned tourists from eating in some of its most famous monuments, such as the Trevi Fountain.