Visitors to Venice could be fined up to €500 for sitting in undesignated spots

Published on : Saturday, September 22, 2018

VeniceThe visitors to Venice could be fined up to €500 (£440) for sitting in the spots which are undesignated, after the mayor suggested a new ban as part of wider efforts to crack down on undesirable tourist behaviour.

 

 

The idea hatched by Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, will be voted on by the city council in October.

 

 

If the proposal is successful, the tourists could be told to move on and fined from €50 to €500 for sitting somewhere they shouldn’t.

 

 

It’s just the latest in a long list of measures designed to deal with the city’s overwhelming popularity as a tourist destination. In the month of May, the mayor announced there would be no new takeaway outlets permitted to open in the city for the next three years; earlier the same month, city officials came under fire for segregating tourists and locals over the May Day weekend, one of the busiest times of the year.

 

The turnstiles were erected with the aim of dispersing footfall, which local protesters tore down in frustration.

 

 

The protestor Marco Baravallesaid that Venice is dying. The mayor putting in the turnstiles is demonstrating that he is giving up. He wants Venice to become a city with no inhabitants. Last year the city announced all large cruise ships (over 55,000 tons) would be banned from docking by 2021. Meanwhile, Venice’s #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign, which launched in the summer of 2017, dictates that tourists are welcome – but only if they play by the rules.

 

 

The tourists are instructed not to swim in canals, make picnic stops out of public areas, pause too long on bridges, drop litter, ride or wheel bikes, stand or lie on benches, busk or make art without a permit, attach “love locks” to monuments and bridges, climb on trees, buildings and monuments, get changed in public, feed birds or sightsee topless or in swimwear. Making too much noise, whether at night or during siesta time (1-3pm), is also forbidden.

 

The consequence of flouting the rules is a hefty fine of up to €450.

 

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