Tourists face fine for sitting in parts of Venice

Tourists could face steep fines for sitting in parts of Venice under new proposals from the city's mayor.

Mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, has proposed a fine of up to 500 euros (£450) for anyone who sits or lays down in an undesignated location, according to CNN. The by-law is meant to keep the growing number of tourists, which often overwhelm the city's narrow walkways, at bay.

The city is struggling to manage increasing numbers of holidaymakers which are often exacerbated by the recent arrival of cruise ships.

Tourists are already forbidden from sitting on the famous Rialto Bridge including several churches. Many locals have moved from the city as they argue that life there has become unsustainable.

The city's council will vote on the proposal in October.

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