Italian Officials Ban McDonald’s From Building Near Ancient Roman Wonders

Italians weren't having it when the Golden Arches tried to set up shop near Rome's archeological wonders.

Italian officials are blocking McDonald’s from building a restaurant near the Baths of Caracalla, which dates back to the third century, according to Fox News.

Alberto Bonisoli, of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, announced the decision this week on Facebook to prohibit the fast food chain from putting up the Golden Arches near the archaeological area:

Avevo già espresso la mia contrarietà ad un fast food nell'area archeologica delle Terme di #Caracalla, vi informo che il Mibac ha provveduto ad annullare l'autorizzazione

Posted by Alberto Bonisoli on Wednesday, July 31, 2019

“Already expressed my opposition to a fast food in the archaeological area of Caracalla Terme,” he wrote. “I inform you that the cultural ministry revoked authorization.”

Rome’s Mayor Virginia Raggi also tweeted out her opinion that “the wonders of Rome must be protected…”

Fox News said the chain had hoped to build an 8,600-square-foot restaurant near the baths, Colosseum, and other ancient sites of historic significance.

McDonald’s currently has 600 restaurants in Italy, with 51 of those locations near the capital, including by landmarks such as the Vatican, Piazza di Spagna, and the Piazza Navona.

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