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Crime of the Centuries

Men dressed as ancient Roman centurions walk during a protest in front of the Colosseum in Rome April 12, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Men dressed as ancient Roman centurions walk during a protest in front of the Colosseum in Rome April 12, 2012. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Another Roaman story on Rome where the one with the E, has banned Impersonators of soldiers from ancient Rome that been a common sight around the Colosseum, Forum and other major sites. [BBC news]

Together with Centurions, bicycle-drawn rickshaw drivers and ticket touts:

City commissioner Francesco Paolo Tronca issued the decree ahead of the Catholic Jubilee year, an important tourist event starting on 8 December.

He is in charge of the city pending the election of a new mayor and cited security issues as well as protecting tourists from scams as the reasons for the decree.

It spoke of the “inappropriate, insistent and sometimes aggressive” behaviour of Centurions, who charge between €5 and €10 ($5.3-$10.6) for a photo. They can also get tips from tour organisers for persuading tourists to go on guided trips.

There is more.

There have been incidents of “gladiators” attacking each other to defend their pitches at lucrative sites.

That sounds pretty authentic gladiator like behavior to me ! I’d pay good money to see this again. Let’s hope they bring in Lions impersonators as well.

But wait, haven’t they tried something legislating like this before. Yes siree. Back in 2012, there was a protest where a dozen of so centurions clashed with police where they even took over the Colossium.

One ruse of the impersonators is to offer to take a photo for small Euro donation but keep the camera until they get a larger payment. Sounds just like politicians to me.

Rome with a view

View of Rome from Janiculum hill, located just over the Tiber river.

View of Rome from Janiculum hill, located just over the Tiber river as featured on BBC Travel site: Copyright Amanda Ruggeri.

Salve:  My nephew Augustus, showed me some great pictures from BBC Travel of my former stomping ground Rome, taken by Amanda Ruggeri. Love ’em ‘Augie – it brings back memories.

Unfortunately, you can see on the right MY eternal city has been tarnished by a monstrosity of new building from 19th century ‘Altare della Patria’ also known as Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to that fat turd, Victor Emmanuel II). Before that it was perfectly good Capitoline hill area.

Apparently Queen Vicky claimed the epithet Father of the Fatherland (In Italian: Padre della Patria). That Cheeky bastardo. That is MY – Julius Caesar – heirloom but they didn’t build a modern monument to me did they?

Even though I left my heart in Rome. Literally. With a few holes in it. In the forum to be exact, what did I get? A ruin with some flippin’ flowers every day. There is no pleasing some people.

On the bright side, I have a month, a salad and a Las Vegas casino named after me.