The mayor of Florence, said some tourists have no “decorum” these days, something he hopes to solve with a water hose.
Mayor Dario Nardella says that a small number of the Italian city with 12 million annual tourists, especially day trippers from the cruise ships have taken to a “camp” on the church steps at lunch.
“They sit on the church steps, eating their food, and leave the mess strewn on them” with no respect for “our cultural heritage,” Nardella says The Guardian.
He says that the officials of the city thought about handing out fines, for example for tourists, but they decided instead to get started.
The plan: Use water hoses to enjoy church steps. That way, if tourists were sitting, “they will get wet,” Nardella said in the announcement of the strategy, and with Wednesday.
Shortly after the announcement, the work of both the Basilica of Santa Croce and Chiesa di Santo Spirito were doused.
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In the future, this will be a daily event, reports The Telegraph. “Instead of imposing fines, we thought that this measure is more elegant,” Nardella says The Guardian, adding that other areas may end up a wash also.
While some social media users joked that a free shower would be nice in the heat of the summer, others have accused city officials of “an elitist” in that it is aimed at tourists who choose not to eat in Florence, restaurants, per Local.
Nardella counters that the city has plenty of seating for tourists. Churches, however, are no place for a picnic, ” he says.
(In related news, Barcelona is a problem with the tourists, too.)
This article originally appeared on Newser: “Florence Brainstorms ‘Elegant’ Solution for Rude Tourists.”