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Rome bans drying laundry in public

Rome prohibits hanging clothes out to dry if visible from public streets.

Rome's time-honoured tradition of hanging clothes out to dry above the city's streets could become a thing of the past thanks to strict new regulations available to the capital's urban police.

Hanging laundry visible from Rome's public streets and squares now carries a fine of €100, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

A similar ban also prohibits watering plants on balconies when it results in dripping onto public pavements below, ANSA reports.

The news comes a day after the city outlawed sitting on the staircase of the Spanish Steps, one of Rome's most visited landmarks.

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