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Published on Monday, July 22, 2019

Tourists fined for making coffee on Venice's Rialto Bridge

Two tourists have been fined and asked to leave Venice after brewing a coffee in front of the Rialto Bridge.

The German backpacker's actions was reported to police by a local resident and the 32- and 35-year-olds were fined €950 (£850) under new rules introduced in May to preserve the city centre's 'decorum'.

Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro said: "Venice must be respected and the rude people who thing they can come to the city and do whatever they want must understand that they will be taken, sanctioned and removed.

"Our city will always be open and welcoming to all those who want to come and visit it.

"At the same time, we will be intransigent to those who think they will come and do what they want."

The new law includes a ban on picnics in certain areas, bathing in fountains and not wearing shirts in public places, with hefty fines for offenders.


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  • Best Behaviour

    Better be on one's best behaviour then! Something to advise all customers prior to booking, to read the rule book pertaining to Venice.

    By Michael Edwards, Monday, July 22, 2019

  • Just one more reason...

    ...why Venice is not a good tourist destination. Massively expensive, difficult to get around on foot, overcrowded and blessed with hawkers selling fake designer goods (why don't the authorities ban them rather than having a go at the tourists?).

    By Richard English, Monday, July 22, 2019

  • And fine will probably never ever... paid. What exactly does brewing a coffee mean?

    By Michael Anderson, Monday, July 22, 2019

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