Rome cracks down on illegal trading at Colosseum

Police stop 100 illegal traders in Colosseum area of Rome.

Rome police officers detained around 100 illegal street traders in the Colosseum area, as part of the city's continued efforts to combat the practice, over the last week.

The individuals stopped by police were engaged mainly in the illegal sale of bottled water, as well as "skip-the-line" tours of the Colosseum, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

In addition to seizing skip-the-line tickets, police reportedly imposed a "daspo" or temporary ban on the so-called "saltafila" promoters, under the city's new regulations governing decorum in the capital.

Most of those detained were taken to police headquarters to see whether their papers to be in Italy were in order, while a 63-year-old Italian man selling bottled water was arrested at Largo Corrado Ricci for assaulting a police officer.

Rome's new regulations are designed to assist municipal police in curtailing vandalism or behaviour considered inappropriate, from jumping in historic fountains to "messy eating" around historic sites.

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Rome cracks down on illegal trading at Colosseum

Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy