In the Italian city of Venice, even just sitting down could soon cost tourists very much.
The city's mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, has proposed a fine of up to €500 (about $585) for anyone planting themselves down in an undesignated spot. The ban is under discussion by the city Council and so as yet unconfirmed. The rule will be voted on in October. People are actually already prohibited from sitting in tourist hotspots St Mark's Square or the Rialto Bridge. The mayor's proposal is part of the city's #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign.
Visitors to Venice have been subjected to numerous other restrictions.They're instructed to walk on the right, not to linger on bridges and not to cycle. Walking around in swimwear is also a no-no as is feeding pigeons.You can’t idly stand around, even to consume food and drink, unless you are in a restaurant or cafe. (€200) you may not roam Venice’s historic streets or be in any private or public vehicle “while bare-chested or wearing swimwear.” (€200) Besides fines, these offences can also earn the culprit a ban from visiting the city again. Venice is a hugely popular summer tourist destination. Each day, the Unesco World Heritage site receives up to 60,000 visitors. Earlier this year, the city began separating tourists from locals during busy periods. Brugnaro has proposed possible cap on the number of day trips the city can host at any given time and implemented crowd-control gates to stem foot traffic in town during Easter weekend.