Tourist numbers to Venice are growing again after the lagoon city reopens, and so are the incidences of bad behaviour from tourists.
The city often associated with overtourism introduced a special team to crack down on misbehaving tourists in 2017, and these so-called ‘angels of decorum’ have been busy of late.
A €150 fine was slapped on a French tourist for paddling along the Grand Canal on a standup paddleboard, and €100 to two Czech Republic travellers each for speeding through the streets on a bike and electric scooter — all bicycles are forbidden, even when only led by hand.
There are also the two German ladies who sunbathed in bikinis by San Stae church, those who feed the pigeons, no jumping into the canals or adding padlocks to bridges and monuments.
Local police say these are but a few cases caught ever since summer tourists returned, according to a Guardian report.
Even before the pandemic, Venice has inked many rules just for tourists, under the hashtag #EnjoyRespectVenezia. This includes needing to walk on the right, no standing on bridges, and a special map pointing out designated areas to sit or to have picnics at.
Violation of these regulations could lead to fines amounting up to €500 (US$588).
Venice, which is at risk of being added to UNESCO's ‘World Heritage in danger’ list, has also recently banned oversized cruise ships from Venetian waters, starting 1 August.
Lines with ships weighing more than 25,000 metric tons or longer than 180 meters are currently planning alternative port of calls, including at Marghera, Italy, about 20 minutes away by rail.