Venice fines tourists: Germans punished for making coffee near bridge

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The tourists were also fined €950 (£853)

Police in Venice have fined two German tourists who were caught making coffee on the steps of the Rialto bridge.

The backpackers, aged 32 and 35, were fined a total of €950 (£853) for preparing coffee on a travel cooker. They were also asked to leave the city.

Venice has introduced a law on a series of public order offences – including picnicking at certain sites and not wearing a shirt in public spaces.

About 30 million tourists visit the city every year.

The tourists from Berlin were spotted making coffee at the foot of the Rialto Bridge – the oldest of the four bridges on the Grand Canal. They were reported to police by a passerby.

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Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said: “Venice must be respected and those impolite people who come here and do what they want must understand that. Thanks to the local police, they will be sanctioned and removed.”

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The pair, from Germany, were asked to leave Venice

Those found flouting the rules will have their identities shared with the embassy of their home country.

Venice fines tourists: Germans punished for making coffee near bridge
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Venetians have long complained about mass tourism in the city.

Last December, the city won approval to introduce an entry fee of up to €10 for short-stay tourists.

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