Published:  12:11 AM, 26 September 2018

Tourists face €500 fine for sitting down in Venice

Tourists face €500 fine for sitting down in Venice

Visitors in Venice could be fined up to €500 (£445) for sitting in undesignated spots, as the city continues to struggle with overwhelming tourism levels.

The idea, proposed by Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, will be voted on by the city council in October. It is the latest in a long list of measures designed to deal with the city's popularity as a tourist destination.

Venice's #EnjoyRespectVenezia campaign, which launched in the summer of 2017, dictates that tourists are welcome but they must follow the city's rules.  In April, the city installed temporary gates at the ends of two bridges to keep tourists out if their numbers become too sizeable.

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