Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Italy's supreme court rules in favour of foreign tour guides

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(ANSA) - Rome, July 31 - Foreign tour guides are welcome in
the public squares of Italy, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in
a decision that overturns regional laws that protect local
guides.
The case involved a German tour guide, dubbed Georg E.K.,
who was fined more than 1,000 euros by the City of Florence for
acting as a tour guide without a proper license.
The penalty was imposed in 2004 after the guide was heard
explaining the significance of Florence's historic Piazza della
Signoria to tourists who were part of his German bus group.
According to city administration, Georg "had not
demonstrated the professional competence necessary for the
proper conduct of a tour guide in Florence and, more
specifically, in Piazza della Signoria, a veritable open air
museum".
The Supreme Court, however, ruled that bylaw contravenes
the freedom to provide services - particularly in a case
involving a single trip organized outside the country.
Local guides may still exercise "exclusive jurisdiction"
inside museums and monuments, said the court, but the squares
and streets of the city centre are open to "outsiders".

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