Two German tourists from Berlin, aged 32 and 35, were fined Friday for making themselves a coffee on the steps of the famous Rialto bridge in Venice, the oldest on the Grand Canal .
They were spotted by a passer-by and reported to the police. Police officers fined them €950 ($1,050) for unseemly behavior. The local police also asked them to leave the city. "Venice must be treated with respect and impolite people who come here and think they can do what they want must understand that, thanks to the local police, they can be stopped, fined and sent away," the city's mayor Luigi Brugnaro said. "From now on, we will also communicate the identities of people who have been asked to leave to the embassies and consulates of their home country," he added.
A new law, passed in May, sets out rules for decency, cleanliness and safety in Venice. The law bans picnicking at certain sites, bathing in fountains and not wearing a shirt in public spaces. About 30 million tourists visit the city every year. Approximately 55,000 people live in the city.