McDonald’s is suing Florence because they won’t let them open in the Piazza del Duomo

(image credit: RThiele and McDonald's via Wikimedia)
(image credit: RThiele and McDonald’s via Wikimedia)

You’re not going to be able to grab a Big Mac in Italy’s Piazza del Duomo anytime soon and McDonald’s is not happy about it. The fast-food chain has reportedly filed a €17.8 million ($20 million) lawsuit against Florence after the city blocked its application for a proposed restaurant in the historical square.

According to the Guardian, Florence’s mayor, Dario Nardella, turned down McDonald’s application in June, and the decision was confirmed in July by a panel in charge of preserving the city’s ancient heart.

“McDonald’s has the right to submit an application because this is permitted under the law, but we also have the right to say no,” Nardella told the city council.

This isn’t the first time Italy has made headlines trying to preserve its history. Back in September an Italian billionaire paid $1.7 million to restore Rome’s Spanish Steps and suggested they be behind glass to protect them from “barbarians“. [Guardian]