Return of Rome’s anti-alcohol laws
Rome has prohibited the take-away sale of alcohol from bars and clubs from 23.00 until close of business, seven days a week, effective from 3 August until 30 September. It is also illegal to consume alcohol between 23.00 and 06.00 in certain public areas in the centre as well as on public transport.
In May Lazio's administrative court, the Tribunale Amminstrativo Regionale (TAR) overruled Rome’s long-standing anti-alcohol measures. However the order has now been re-introduced by the mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno in response to recent high-profile incidents involving alcohol abuse in areas of Rome synonymous with night-life. The city said it was necessary to adopt the measures due to the fact that more people, including tourists, are out and about every night of the week during the summer holidays.
The order makes specific reference to young people whose often "excessive use of alcohol" and "aggressive behaviour" leads to "social unrest" and in some cases "riots".
The areas affected by the ban include the historical centre, Trastevere, Testaccio, Monti, S. Lorenzo-Tiburtina-Piazza Bologna, Pigneto and Torpignattara, Ostiense-Circonvallazione, Ostiense-Garbatella, Saxa Rubra-Prima Porta-Giustiniana, Ponte Milvio and Farnesina.