Venice is a land of canals, gondolas, superior structure, classical music, theatre, heritage and in keeping with Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, “kebab outlets”, particularly round St Mark’s Sq.. The Mayor says these takeaway eating places intervene with the town’s “decorum and traditions” and are stealing the romance and attraction.
He has set in place new laws to halt the opening of any extra new quick meals shops. This consists of kebab outlets, quick meals shops, and kiosks promoting pizza by the slice. The one eatery that escapes the attain of the regulation is the artisanal gelateria.
Paola Mar, Venice’s tourism chief, stated:
The issue is that with a vacationer metropolis like ours, there’s a threat of it dropping its id. There are native merchandise that we should attempt to promote, this might be higher for the spirit of the town and, at an environmental degree, could be extra sustainable.
Current Companies can be allowed to remain open however should adjust to new rules. Mar added: “We wish to put the brakes on kinds of actions which aren’t appropriate with the preservation and growth of Venice’s cultural heritage.”
Because the regulation stands, consuming on the go in St. Mark’s Sq. is an offence punishable with a hefty high-quality. Certainly, even feeding the pigeons is prohibited. Nonetheless, there are plans to create picnic areas away from the town’s points of interest.
This isn’t the primary time an Italian metropolis has taken this motion. Final 12 months Verona halted any new openings of “kebab” outlets, whereas in Florence, a rule was put in place to make sure that no less than 70 per cent of the meals served in city-centre eating places is native.
Venice versus vacationers
Venice receives thousands and thousands of tourists annually, some say far too many for its personal good. The crowds of vacationers angered native residents who demonstrated by placing up posters with the message “Vacationers go away!!! You might be destroying this space!”
A number of measures had been put in place together with a locals first coverage with two queues at vaporetto (water taxi) stops, on prime of paying €6 greater than locals for a experience.
There’s additionally a hearsay going round that the town is contemplating charging guests a charge to enter St Mark’s Sq..