A chill has descended over British-Italian relations after UK tourists were charged £54 for four ice creams during a holiday in Rome.
Roger Bannister and his travelling companions were stunned when given the exorbitant bill during a six-day stay in the Italian capital.
Their complaints have been backed by British officials in the city – and have also caused embarrassment among their hosts at the latest in a series of alleged Italian rip-offs.
Mr Bannister, from Dudley in the West Midlands, was taken aback when charged £13.50 per ice cream when visiting the Antica Roma bar near to the city’s famous Spanish Steps.
Also ordering were his brother Steven and their wives Wendy and Joyce, all wanting ice creams to take away.
Mr Bannister told Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper: ‘We weren’t sitting at a table…We bought the ice creams to eat in the street.
‘And when we paid…
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