McDonald’s banned from site near ancient Rome baths

McDonald’s fast food outlets are ubiquitous sights around the world, but Italy’s culture ministry has banned the chain from building yet another restaurant in the capital, Rome.

The proposed restaurant would have been built next to the ancient Baths of Caracalla, but plans were rejected.

“Already expressed my opposition to a fast food in the archaeological area of Caracalla Terme,” wrote Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli on Facebook. “I inform you that the cultural ministry revoked authorization.”

Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi praised the decision on Twitter.

“We go forward with the culture minister to stop fast food construction in the archaeological area of the Baths of Caracalla,” she