Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno released a statement on Tuesday saying the decision was taken “to protect the public assets of the city of Rome and in particular the artistic and monumental heritage of the historic centre as recognised by UNESCO's world heritage status”. The decision was taken after recent attacks on the Fountain of the Moor in Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.