In a bid to improve order in Rome's historic centre, the local district council is considering ordering restaurants, bars and discotheques to close one hour earlier except on Fridays and Saturdays. If adopted it will mean that night life will come to a stop at 01.00 instead of 02.00 in the historic centre except for Fridays and Saturdays when closing time will be 02.00 as usual. Sale of alcoholic drinks will also stop at these times to reduce incidences of drunkeness.
The president of the district council, Guiseppe Lobefaro, says the new move comes in answer to protests from residents about noisy night clubs and bars in the Tor Millina and Via della Pace areas behind Piazza Navona, and around the Pantheon. Currently noise levels in the centre of Rome at night are around the 67 decibel level which is higher than the 50 decibels recommended for residential, commercial and office zones.
However, according to the regional president of the Fipe-Confcommercio, Nicola Gaudenzino, new regulations would not be necessary if existing rules were respected.