Published on : Friday, July 28, 2017
If you are planning a trip to Venice this summer, be careful to put up your best behavior or you might get fined! The Venetian authorities have launched a new campaign aimed at tourists so that they behave appropriately and put an end to antisocial activities.
Everything from having a picnic in public to riding a bike through the city could result in a fine between €25 and €500. The #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign was introduced by Paola Mar, the councilor for tourism, before the busy summer period approaches.
The campaign will be run across social media and posters around the town to remind people to respect their surroundings. Among the punishable activities are swimming in canals, dropping litter, making picnic stops out of public areas, sightseeing in bathing suits and pausing too long on bridges – all of which are apparently common throughout Venice. Venice is not the first Italian tourist destination to introduce fines against antisocial behaviour from tourists. In June a similar order was signed to protect 40 fountains of the historic city of Rome, including the Trevi Fountain, which means that people are now banned from eating and drinking by famous landmarks.
The ban is applicable from now until the end of October. Roma Today reported that the ban is to “prevent the incidents that are contrary to rules of urban decorum, and to ensure adequate protection of the historical, artistic and archaeological capital of Rome.”