Earlier this month the Roman city government passed a ban on eating at its monuments. Violators will be fined for snacking or drinking in prohibited areas. Defending their decision, officials pointed to the loads of trash and litter that contaminate tourist sites. Hmmm…maybe because trash cans in Rome are overflowing or nonexistent. It is unclear how the law is being enforced since I personally witness hundreds of people a day eating panini and gelato on/near the Spanish Steps, in Piazza Navona, and around the Pantheon and have yet to see a ticket issued. How does Tacitus’ old saying go? “The more corrupt the state the more numerous the laws.”