Could I see Minutemen reenactors banned from Revolutionary War sites or Civil War reenactors banned from Gettysburg? If they were making a nuisance of themselves, yes. Rudy-era New York banning overly-pushy windshield-washers comes to mind.
That's the best American analogy to this story out of the Eternal City-
Impersonators of soldiers from ancient Rome have been a common sight at the Colosseum, Forum and other major sites, posing for photos in return for cash.
But from Thursday, the Centurions are outlaws - along with bicycle-drawn rickshaw drivers and ticket touts.
City commissioner Francesco Paolo Tronca issued the decree ahead of the Catholic Jubilee year, an important tourist event starting on 8 December.
There's also a possible religious angle here. The centurions could well be case as heavies in the Gospel, being in charge of crucifixions, although one asked Jesus for a healing miracle. I don't see too many people wanting to do an imitation of Peter in Gethsemane (it was a good squad rather than a Roman legion in that passage, but the crazed person might ask for some poetic license) but if the focus of 2016 is Roman Catholic Rome rather than Imperial Rome, the centurions would be spoiling the mood, both thematically and from their pushiness.
It's likely more the pushiness that is at issue here, making it a Rudy-esque move by the city fathers.
One interesting thing that just came to me as I was writing is that they are marking the 50th anniversary of Vatican II with said jubilee. Tridentine mass mavens and other conservatives might not be thrilled with that celebration, especially when Francis has leaned to the left on a number of fronts, although mostly on style than substance; his environment encyclical being one exception, and even that didn't upend core Catholic doctrine as best as this Bapticostal can tell.