Rome tourists call police over £33 ice cream at Trevi Fountain cafe

American tourists call police after getting 'scammed' at Rome cafe

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Tourists call police after being charged £33 for ice cream at Trevi Fountain cafe in Rome


An American tourist couple in Rome called the police after they were charged 42 euros (£33) for three ice creams and a bottle of water.

James and Marian Luciani were with a friend when they ordered their ice creams at the Bar II Caffe near the Trevi Fountain on Wednesday.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Luciani told The Local: "We'd just paid 59 euros for our entire dinner, including a litre of wine, and then were charged 42 euros for gelato!

"We've been careful in watching out for pickpockets in Rome, but I never thought I would get scammed here."

The couple paid the high price but were so incensed they returned the next day with the police in tow.

However, the manager defended his prices and blamed the Americans for not checking them on the menu, reports the Daily Mail.

It's not the first time the high prices of ice creams in Rome have hit the headlines.

Back in May, a group of four British tourists from Stourbridge in the West Midlands received an apology from the mayor of Rome after they were charged 64 euros (£54) for a round of ice creams.

British holidaymakers Roger Bannister, his brother Steven and their wives Wendy and Joyce were shocked when they ordered four cones of gelato from an ice cream bar at the top of Via della Vite, just off Piazza di Spagna, and were asked to pay 64 euros.

Speaking to Corriere Della Serra, Roger said: "We weren't sitting at a table. We weren't standing on the Spanish Steps. We were over there in that bar on the corner. We bought the ice creams to eat in the street."

He added: "Unbelievable, isn't it. It's not normal, right?"

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