Venice Might Hit Tourists With $585 Fine For Sitting Down In Public Places
By Rachel George
Venice, also known as Venezia, has been recognized as one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s distinctive architecture, narrow canals, and authentic Italian foods have kept the city growing and keep tourists visiting, reigning as of the worlds most popular tourist destinations.
But those tourists may think twice about visiting once they discover they may have to pay to sit down.
The city’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, recently proposed a $585 (equivalent to €500) fine for anyone sitting in “undesignated spots,” according to CNN. This new rule means the city may charge you for sitting down after hours of touring their beautiful city.
The fine has already prohibited tourists from sitting in attractions like St. Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge and more. Earlier this year, bridges were set in place to halt “too many” tourists but were taken down.
According to the Independent, this is not the first time Venice has extreme measures to restrict tourism. In the past, they’ve restricted bike riding, strolling around in swimwear, feeding animals, excessive noise during certain hours and even attaching locks to the famous love lock wall.
Mayor Brugnaro says they have to take “urgent measures to guarantee public safety, security and livability.” It seems the city’s popularity has got out of hand. Officials fear the growth of tourism will negatively impact the overall experience of the city. There’s also fear of an influx in the number of Airbnb homes and its access to cruise ships.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site has supported tourism initiatives. Their site also offers for alternative routes or visitors to avoid congested areas.
The proposal is part of the city’s #EnjoyRespectVenezia to protect the city against “overtourism.” The city council will take a vote in October.
Venice receives 30 million tourists a year, aside from its 50,000 inhabitants.