If you have visions of eating gelato near the Trevi Fountain or sipping wine in the Piazza Navona in the evening this summer, think again.
Last month, Rome banned eating and drinking near its famous fountains. Now it’s officially illegal to drink at night in public, too, this summer.
According to a temporary new law issued by Rome’s mayor, Virginia Raggi, it is forbidden to drink alcoholic beverages in glass containers on public streets after 10 pm, reports. After midnight, it will be illegal to drink alcohol out of any container outdoors from now until the end of October.
"We don't want the Roman summer evenings to be ruined by episodes linked to excessive consumption of alcohol," Raggi , urging both tourists and locals to, "enjoy themselves with a sense of responsibility.”
While the city has issued similar restrictions on consuming alcohol in public in previous years, this summer’s ban is notably more extensive, as it affects 14 out of Rome’s 15 municipalities. Only the northwestern district of Ottavia—where the mayor lives—is exempt.
If you’re caught breaking this new law, you’ll be slapped with a €150 fine (about $172 at press time). Good luck trying to fake ignorance, either. Posters explaining the new rules will be displayed in bars in English, German, French and Spanish, . The police issued 37 fines on the first Saturday the regulation was in effect, according to The Local.
To enforce the new law, the city also will not allow supermarkets and off-license stores to sell alcohol after 10 pm. Even heading inside won’t help you find a late-night drink in the Eternal City—these new regulations also ban indoor bars and clubs from serving alcohol after 2 am. Businesses caught selling alcohol after that time will be fined €280 (about $321).
Unsurprisingly, locals and business-owners aren’t pleased with Raggi’s attempts to curtail alcohol consumption at night.
"It limits our freedom as a business, and our free choice as responsible adults to be able to drink after 2am," the owners of Redrum, a craft beer bar and restaurant in Rome, told The Local. "[It is] a curfew which recalls decidedly sad periods of our history."
The good news? If you’re willing to deal with cooler weather, Norwegian Airlines is offering brand new nonstop flights starting in November between New York City and Rome for as little as .
Just be sure to pack some extra layers.