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You could write poems about the beauty that is Italy, and you'd still be hard-pressed to describe the culture and artistic vibe of the country. But when it comes to Venice, nothing you express or say can do the town justice. Unfortunately, though, Venice suffers from irresponsible behaviors by some of its visitors, which has prompted officials to take action by introducing new travel rules.

The rules include strict action against littering, swimming in canals, strolling around the city shirtless or in swimsuits, and sitting in front of shops, historic monuments, and bridges. Venice also isn't waiting for people to respect these new regulations or ignore them; it's taking measures to ensure everybody abides by them. Recent news emerged that two German tourists were fined 950 euros and asked to leave the city, for sitting on the steps of the famous Rialto bridge and then taking out a hot stove to make themselves a hot drink.

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As a result, they were subject to the authorities' response, which shows just how serious Venice is in enforcing these regulations. Officials confirmed that this is this was the 40th time since May -- when they announced the rules -- that visitors were asked to leave the city for transgressions. ’Venice must be respected,” says mayor Luigi Brugnaro, “and bad-mannered people who think they can come here and do what they want must understand that, thanks to local police, they will be caught, punished and expelled. From now on, we will also communicate the identities of those subject to a removal order to their embassies and consulates.”

It's worth mentioning that it's also illegal to drink alcohol in the streets between 8 pm and 8 am, and you can't have group parties except on the outdoors and on weekends. Fines vary according to the seriousness of the offense, ranging from 25 euros to hundreds. So, travelers, beware! City officials are doing their best to preserve Venice and its environment, amidst growing interest from tourists in visiting the city.

Source: Lonely Planet