As part of the #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign.
Even sitting down can cost you greatly, if you’re in Venice, Italy.
Venice’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, is considering issuing fines up to €500 for anyone sitting down in an undesignated place. According to CNN Travel, the ban has yet to be formalized but it’s currently in discussion.
As part of the #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign, tourists are not permitted to sit down in major landmarks including: St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge.
Due to overtourism, the city is already asking travelers to walk on the right, not to linger or cycle on bridges. Walking around the city in swimwear is also prohibited, as well as feeding pigeons. Folks are not allowed to litter, graffiti or put lovelocks on popular sites.
As one of the most popular destinations in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Venice’s narrow streets are becoming more crowded. The bans are meant to protect locals’ living conditions and the travel experiences for visitors.
Check out Venice’s city council’s website that monitors the number of expected tourists daily. It also advises travelers which busy areas to avoid with recommended alternative paths to take.