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It’s not kidding.
Venice’s tourism board wants us to take #EnjoyRespectVenezia very seriously.
According to The Independent U.K., travelers in La Serenissima shouldn’t loiter on bridges, swim in canals or wear bathing suits in public. Paola Mar, the city’s tourism chief, told Italian newspaper La Nuovo:
The message we have to get through is that we’re not joking. If it gets about that people who do this kind of thing are fined, as well as it being flagged to their respective embassies, perhaps we’ll be able to stop others from copying them.
As one of the most popular destinations in the world, the sinking city welcomes approximately 22 million tourists every year. The #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign started in the beginning of summer travel season as a reminder that the city isn’t kidding around when it comes to protecting it. Not only is it promoted on social media, it’s also in ten languages including: English, Chinese, Arabic, and Korean.
In the past, tourists have not been respecting local property and scenery by swimming in canals and jumping off bridges while intoxicated. Such inappropriate behaviors have infuriated Italian locals so much that posters were plastered around the city with the message: “Tourists Go Away!!! You Are Destroying This Area.”
In addition to the regulations mentioned above, Venice also prohibits travelers from picnicking in public areas, littering and riding bikes. If caught, there’ll be fines between USD $29 – $586.
Maybe it’s time to stop being so obnoxious in foreign cities.
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