Officials in Venice have pledged to continue their crackdown on anti-social behaviour after dishing out 100 fines and exclusion orders in just eight weeks.
Since the bans were introduced on June 19th, those fined have included a Canadian woman sunbathing in a bikini and a man who slept in the flowerbed of a central park.
Three French men who bolted their bikes to railings and a woman from Belarus who jumped into a fountain have also been on the receiving end of police action.
Fines are usually around £300 plus another £80 for the issue of the exclusion order which is known as a Daspo.
However some tourists, including a German couple who made coffee under the Rialto Bridge, have seen fines of around £800.
Officials in Venice have said they will continue to crack down on anti-social behaviour after handing out 100 fines and bans in two months. A German couple, pictured, were given a fine of around £800 after they made coffee under the Rialto Bridge
Many tourists and Twitter users have slammed the new rules as ‘ridiculous’, ‘draconian’ and ‘unfair’ and say they do not show Venice in a very good light.
Some have even threatened to boycott Italy and find somewhere to go on holiday which is more tolerant.
Venice council, however, is unrepentant. Mayor, Luigi Brugnaro said: ‘Venice must be respected.
Fines are usually around £300 plus £80 for the issue of the exclusion order, called a Daspo. Pictured are police in the Italian city
‘Those rude people who think they come to the city and can do what they want must understand that, thanks to the local police, they will be taken, sanctioned and removed.’
He also revealed that from now on the names of any tourist given a Daspo will be sent to the embassies and consulates of their countries of origin.
‘Our city will always be open and welcoming to all those who want to come and visit it, at the same time we will be intransigent with those who think they will come and do what they want, ‘ he warned.
The new legislation allows the police to fine tourists or local people for a raft of anti-social behaviour and issue them with an order to stay away from the centre of Venice.
The fines are usually around £300, plus another £80 for the issue of the Daspo. The time duration for the bans can range between two days and two years.
The 100 fines and bans under the new Police and Urban Safety Regulations included a penalty of around £800 for a German couple, aged 32 and 35, from Berlin who lit up a campstove at the foot of the Rialto Bridge to make their own coffee. They were escorted to a police station and given a removal order, as well as the fine.
The 100th fine given was to a Romanian woman, pictured with an officer left, who was trying to collect money for a non-existent assistance centre for disabled children. French tourists have also been fined for leaving their bikes, pictured right, attached to railings in Venice
Hundreds of people took to the social networks to say this was a ridiculous decision and suggested the fines should be imposed on cafes for their exorbitant coffee prices, not the enterprising couple.
The 100th fine and ban has been imposed on a 32-year-old Romanian woman who was attempting to defraud passers-by by collecting money for the creation of a non-existent assistance centre for disabled children.
On this occasion, she wasn’t a tourist as the new rules also cover infringements such as begging, prostitution and drug pushing which, say critics, is a more reasonable use of the fines and bans, not holidaymakers who aren’t causing any intentional harm.
Three Bengali nationals who were visiting Venice with their families fell foul of the order when they decided to have a picnic in the Papadopoli Gardens, sitting on the grass with a tablecloth and plastic dishes. This cost each of the men £80.
The German couple, pictured at the foot of the Rialto Bridge making coffee, were escorted to a police station and given a removal order, as well as a fine of around £800
Despite some tourists slamming the crack down, Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said that ‘Venice must be respected’ and that ‘rude people’ who think they can do what they want will be removed
Two Lithuanian citizens, a husband and wife, were also sanctioned when police spotted them in a crowded plaza because they were ‘pushing two scooters and creating obstacles and danger to pedestrian traffic’.
And three French tourists, in their early 20s, were fined for bolting their bikes to the railings of a side street. Firemen were called in to cut the chains with a grinding wheel.
A number of tourists have also been fined and ‘removed from the centre’ for sleeping in the wrong places.
These included four Turkish holidaymakers, aged between 20 and 23, who camped on the flowerbeds of the Papadopoli gardens. Another 42-year-old from Slovakia was fined and banned for being drunk in the street.
The woman fined for wearing a bikini whilst sunbathing was from Canada and aged 23. She was fined £220.
Police were also called when a tourist from Belarus was spotted bathing in an historic fountain. The 41-year-old woman was also fined and ordered to move on, being told not to come back to the area within 48 hours.
According to Venice council, the expulsion orders are working and so far, no tourist has breached their Daspo.