On October 1, 2012 Rome’s
fascist dictator Mayor Gianni Alemanno passed an ordinance that prohibits the consumption of sandwiches, pizza, gelato, and other food on and around Roman monuments. Fines for violating the new law will range from €25 to €500. I have personally protested this law by eating at least 2 sandwiches and 3 gelatos a day in public.
But you can help protest too! Tomorrow Saturday October 6 at 1:00pm, join me at the Capitoline Hill for Rome’s first gastro flash mob.
This is how it will go down:
1:00pm Meet at the bottom of the Cordonata staircase leading up to Piazza del Campidoglio. If you want, come with a sandwich. Otherwise, sandwiches will be provided. Hide your sandwich and everyone will independently enter Piazza del Campidoglio pretending to be a tourist.
1:30pm Wait for the trumpet to signal the beginning of the flash mob. Once the trumpet sounds, sit on the steps and commence “indecent” sandwich consumption.
Soon after, another trumpet sound will announce the end of the flash mob. Everyone will get up and go on his or her way.
It will all be filmed and put online as a protest against Alemanno’s sandwich tyranny.
Special guest Roy Paci will play the trumpet. The following will be providing sandwiches and pizza: Beppe e I Suoi Formaggi, Bottega Liberati, Gabriele Bonci, ‘Ino, 00100 Pizza, Primo al Pigneto, Laboratorio Agricolo Panella, Roscioli, Tricolore.
More details on Facebook.