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Have you ever dreamed of wandering through Florence, admiring some of Italy's most beautiful monuments while savoring a heaping cup of gelato with one of those miniature rainbow-colored plastic spoons? According to the New York Times, such a stroll might get you fined, or at least yelled at by an Italian man in uniform. Italy has passed a municipal ordinance banning eating and drinking in places of "particular historic, artistic, architectonic and cultural value." 


Many disgruntled tourists have turned their nose up at the inconvenience, but foreigners aren't the only ones unhappy with the new ban. Recently, a large group of Romans participated in a pizza-and-panini-eating flash mob. This, likely the coolest sounding flash mob of all time, reminds us of what's important here: the vox populi will still speak up for its food.

Snacking at the Colosseum? Prepare to Pay a Fine from The New York Times

Photos by Paolo Marchetti