An unnamed 23-year-old Canadian woman has been charged with a fine of €250 ($285) n Papadopoli Gardens near to the Piazzale Roma in Venice after she was spotted sunbathing in a bikini.
The woman as wearing a two-piece swimsuit when she was approached by the police and handed the fine.
Venice city council says that it’s forbidden to walk in public areas in swimming costumes or bare-chested.
A set of new laws have been introduced in the Italian city, and tourists can now be fined for jumping in canals and loitering on bridges. The fines range from €25 to €500 ($29 to $570).
People are also banned from “sitting down or lying down on the steps of bridges and in the doorways of historic monuments”.
The city also introduced a “tourist tax” earlier this year, which costs visitors between €3 to €10, depending on the time of the year.
Tourist that won’t pay the charge can be fined €450.
The money of the tax will go towards services that keep the city looking the way it is, and exemptions to the tax include only people that are living, working, or studying in the city, as well as kids under the age of six or people visiting family relatives.
The new laws and regulations are all part of a campaign that was launched back in 2017. The campaign is named #EnjoyRespectVenezia, and it aims to encourage visitors to be more mindful of the historical city.
Luigi Brugnaro, the city’s mayor, said that this is a very significant turning point in the management of Venice’s tourist flows, as the city sees more than 25 million visitors each year, there comes the inevitable cost of keeping things running as they should.