Stop Destroying Small Businesses in Popular Tourist City

Target: Virginia Raggi, Mayor of Rome, Italy

Goal: Stop replacing traditional, centuries-old family businesses with souvenir tourist shops.

Traditional small businesses in Rome, including watchmakers, bookshops, bakeries, and trattorias, are closing weekly. In many cases, these businesses have been owned by the same family for centuries. They are being replaced by souvenir shops and other tourist facilities. Regulations protecting these historic businesses are lax and the future of the UNESCO World Heritage Site is threatened.

About 100 Italian intellectual figures have written to the mayor of Rome, asking for increased regulations that will protect the traditional businesses and the city’s history. Rome is being “disfigured,” they say. They argue that public works should be improved and the number of tourist shops and convenience stores be limited. If not, family-owned businesses, surviving for centuries, will be destroyed.

Rome will not be able to return from such destruction. Though the tourism economy may flourish, the livelihoods of tradesmen and women who have called Rome home since medieval times will be damaged. Sign the petition to show your support for the regulations on the tourist industry.


Dear Mayor Raggi,

Rome is under threat and being invaded by tourist shops, convenience stores, and fast food restaurants. The traditional businesses that have existed for centuries are facing destruction and being replaced weekly, and families are losing the only income they have.

The history of the city, the very thing that the tourists flock to the city to see, is also in danger of being lost forever. I ask that you take action to increase regulations against this destruction, as other Italian cities are currently doing. This will not only protect your citizens, but also the history that makes Rome one of the most fascinating cities in the world.


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One Comment

  1. This has already happened to the city of Venice…..”regular” citizens forced to sell their homes and leave due to influx of tourists and tourist-related shops and businesses, mainly due to the Cruise ship industry which has insisted upon sending their giant ships right up the old canals to dock IN Venice, which should never have been allowed, but money talks…..

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