Venice: It ain't always a picnic!

Today's RAI Veneto television news reports that the crackdown on tourists continues, with fines ranging from 25 to 500 euros!

This time, the supposed "ne'er-do-wells" were fined for impromptu picnics in Saint Mark's Square! We're not talking about spreading a blanket and breaking out the potato salad. Nope, we're talking about just sitting on the pavement or the steps and gnoshing on a sandwich.

This campaign has been spearheaded by Augusto Salvadori, "Assessor for Tourism and Decorum," who was quoted by the telegiornale today as saying that Venice should be treated as a "temple"; before, he's stated, "The hospitality of Venice should not be confused with permissiveness and with a freedom of behavior that's in contrast with its decorum."

Now, I'm all for educated tourism, but if this is going to be a big new priority for the city, then the city needs to take more of an initiative to be the one that educates its tourists. A couple of signs here and there in Piazza San Marco isn't going to do the trick!

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ted1979 said...

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travelbrit said...

just had a long weekend in Rome, Italy. stayed at the Hotel Golden Rome hotelgoldenrome.com very friendly and helpful staff. going on the metro was fun. rome is such a buzz with bars open all night...

travelbrit said...

just spent a weekend in Florence, Italy. stayed at the Hotel Il Granduca very helpful & friendly staff. Florence is such a beautiful city with many local bars open all night...

Anonymous said...

spent a couple of days in Rome in Italy. stayed at the Hotel Ara Pacis situated in the centre of the town. We found the staff very helpful & friendly. the hotel was a 3 star. much higher standard than a 3 star here in the uk. The hotels location was idea for seeing the main attractions of Rome.

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