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Florence Is Fed Up With Tourists Eating in Public

The Italian city is imposing a €500 fine for eating in some popular, crowded areas.
Visitors take a break in Florence's Piazza Della Signoria
Visitors take a break in Florence's Piazza Della SignoriaTony Gentile/Reuters

Florence, Italy, has declared war on sandwiches—or at least on people who eat them in the wrong place.

As of September 6, anyone caught eating food outdoors during peak hours in four central streets in the Tuscan capital could face a fine of up to €500. When a city proposes a penalty this steep for the modest crime of nibbling on a snack, it’s clear that tempers must be running high—and indeed they are.