The city of Rome has reintroduced an anti-alcohol order, taking effect from 1 April to 30 June. More stringent than in previous years, in addition to banning take-away sales of alcohol from 23.00 until the close of business, it is now illegal to consume alcohol between 23.00 and 06.00 in certain public areas in the centre as well as on public transport.
The ban, announced by the mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno, will be enforced seven days a week, and comes in response to a spate of alcohol-related public order offences in the city. A recent incident in Campo de'Fiori reignited the debate when an English man was attacked by Italian youths after performing an impromptu striptease and dancing under a fountain which had been vandalised earlier in the evening. More recently anti-social activity has been reported in the city's Monti area between Via Cavour and Via Nazionale. Alemanno said that the new legislature has been brought in to ensure the public's safety at night time.
The areas affected by the ban include the historical centre, Trastevere, Testaccio, Monti, San Lorenzo-Tiburtina-Piazza Bologna, Pigneto and Torpignattara, Ostiense-Circonvallazione, Ostiense-Garbatella, Saxa Rubra-Prima Porta-Giustiniana, Ponte Milvio and Farnesina. To see the areas affected by the ban, street by street, consult www.comune.roma.it.