‘€500 fine if you wheel your suitcase’ – Venice’s latest tourism lawPosted: November 24, 2014
By Sophie Griffiths,
Venice has introduced an unlikely measure in its battle to protect the city from the impact of tourists – banning the use of wheelie suitcases.
The city council passed the latest law amid complaints about the noise of large tour groups dragging their bags over bridges, which local residents have said keeps them awake at night, and ultimately amounts to noise pollution.
Tourists will now be required to pick their suitcases up, with only those that have inflated tyres to be permitted to be wheeled.
Visitors who fail to comply with the laws will face a fine up to €500.
Venetians themselves however, will be exempt from the law.
It is the latest measure introduced in a bid to try and limit the impact of the 20 million tourists that visit Venice every year.
Earlier this year, the city launched a campaign to try and discourage couples from attaching padlocks to the city’s bridges as a symbol of love, arguing that the old structures were too fragile to bear the weight.
There has also been complaints over the number of cruise ships visiting the city, with residents complaining that the ships sometimes sail dangerously close to the shore, and are an eyesore.
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