Three French tourists in their early 20s were fined €100 ($112) each for parking their bicycles in the centre of Venice, city authorities said yesterday.
The three men were apprehended by local officers on Saturday after they left their bikes in a side street in the Cannareggio district, a statement said.
Venice, a city overrun by tourists, has adopted strict behavioural rules for the city centre.
Among other things, they forbid the use of bicycles, swimming in the canals and street picnics.
On Friday, two German backpackers from Berlin were fined €950 in total for heating some coffee using a small stove on the steps of the famous Rialto Bridge.
The two backpackers from Berlin, aged 32 and 35, had made themselves comfortable at the foot of the world-famous landmark and got out their portable coffee-making equipment when they were spotted by a passer-by and reported to the police, the city authorities said in a statement.
Using a newly-passed law, police officers fined them for unseemly behaviour and asked them to leave Venice.
“Venice must be treated with respect and impolite people who come here and think they can do what they want must understand that, thanks to the local police, they can be stopped, fined and sent away,” the city’s mayor Luigi Brugnaro said.
“From now on, we will also communicate the identities of people who have been asked to leave to the embassies and consulates of their home country,” the mayor said.
The new law, passed in May, sets out rules for decency, cleanliness and safety in the lagoon city, which has a population of just 55,000 but is invaded every year by around 30mn visitors and is increasingly feeling the detrimental effects of mass tourism.
The law bans picnicking at certain sites, bathing in fountains and not wearing a shirt in public spaces, often with draconian fines for the offenders.
Non-tourists are also being targeted: on Saturday, city cops issued an expulsion order for a Romanian man who was lying on the floor, begging for money.
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