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European Journal

Italy: European closing times

For a long time in Italy, the piazza was considered an extension of the living room. But nightlife on these public squares is now threatened with extinction.

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In southern Europe, much of life takes place outdoors, especially in the summer. But in Rome and Milan the party atmosphere is now so out of hand that residents are up in arms. Citing European law, they have already won a strategic victory in Milan. A new regulation bans shopkeepers from selling take-away food and drink after midnight. The clash of cultures on the piazzas has begun.