Retired police officers in Rome will start guarding the historic Trevi Fountain to protect the landmark against illicit tourist behavior.
Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi ordered the officers to watch over the 18th-century fountain from 9 a.m until midnight, The Local reported. The officers are expected to remain at the fountain until mid-October.
If the trial run is successful, the officers could remain a permanent fixture at the fountain, Il Globo reported. In addition to the Trevi Fountain, officers are monitoring 40 other historic fountains in the city, The Associated Press reported.
Anyone who is caught picnicking on the steps of the fountain or putting his or her feet into the fountain’s water could face a fine of up to €240, The Local reported.
Pope Clement XII commissioned the fountain in 1730. Today, the fountain is a popular spot for tourists, though crowds and street vendors can make the experience a frustrating one.