An Englishman ended up in hospital on Saturday night after another night of weekend violence and drunkness in Campo de' Fiori, in which a small drinking fountain (or nasone) in front of Giordano Bruno’s statue in the centre of the square was wrecked.
After more than a hour of chaos, in which the Englishman started a striptease only to be punched and kicked by several Italian youths, the police and ambulances arrived, called in by bystanders.
Campo de' Fiori has been the centre of violence many times in the past and during summer evenings last year the sales of take away alcohol were prohibited after 21.00 as well as the sale of drinks in glasses in order to curb disorders and violence.
"Such an accident shows us that unfortunately we have to go back to using the ordinances that in the past have limited the use of alcohol in Rome’s nightlife areas. " said Rome’s Mayor Gianni Alemanno. Furthermore he added: "now we will study all measures to limit the abuse of alcohol as it is clear that this is one of the most important causes of disorders. "