McDonald’s has been barred from constructing a new restaurant in Rome.
The restaurant was set to be built next to the ancient Baths of Caracalla, but the fast-food giant has faced backlash including from members of the municipal administration who have been vocal in their distaste in burgers being served next to the ruins of city’s 3rd-century baths, Reuters reported.
Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli announced the decision on Facebook, stating his opposition to the fast-food giant’s proposal.
“I have expressed my opposition to a fast food restaurant in the archaeological area of the Baths of Caracalla, I inform you that the Mibac has cancelled authorisation,” he said.
The mayor of Rome has also announced her opposition on Twitter, saying “the wonders of Rome must be preserved.”
Avanti con @_MiBAC per stop costruzione fast food nell'area archeologica delle Terme di Caracalla. Le meraviglie di Roma vanno tutelate.
— Virginia Raggi (@virginiaraggi) July 31, 2019
There are more than 40 McDonald’s restaurants in Rome, some close to other significant landmarks such as Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Vatican, however, none are among the ancient quarter.