Victor Zapparlorto – tourism scourge

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Venice railway station. Will there be a wheelie bag check here?

Venice railway station. Will there be a wheelie bag check here?

Have you ever heard of Zapparlorto? No, neither had I but if you are ever planning to visit Venice, then this is the man who is about to make your trip more expensive.

According to Italian newspapers, Zapparlorto, the city commissioner of Venice has responded to local complaints caused by the noise of wheelie suitcases echoing in the sensitive ears of locals and ntroduced new rules saying that luggage has to be transported on quieter air-filled tyres.

The new rule starts in May 2015 and failure to abide by this will result in fines of up to €500. (say, £400.) Are those of us who travel to Venice expected to buy new wheelie cases? And how many have you seen that have air-filled tyres?

For a start does this rule apply to all the trolleys used by retailers and delivery people to move their products around, some of which have solid rubber tyres? If this rule has come into being because of noise then  what is being done about the men in the barges that transport rubbish from early morning and who aren’t known to be the quietest?

What is the reaction of the hoteliers and pension owners? Will the local police inspect all suit cases arriving at Marco Polo and Treviso airports to see whether they comply?

When a similarly, daft rule came in about fining tourists for buying leather goods and bags from the many hawkers, the tourist bodies stumped up the fines nitially. I can’t see them doing it this time but perhaps this will be one of those laws that few in authority will enforce?

Will it deter people from holidaying in Venice? That is unlikely unless lots of fines are announced and it makes the papers over here. €500 is a lot of money and whilst this is the maximum fine, what will be the “standard” fine for a first “offence?”

Only the rucksack brigade will be unaffected, yet these are the very people that Venice wants less of as they spend little and probably return to the cheaper hotels on the mainland. Those with suitcases will be helping the local economy because they plan to stay there. Now maybe they also look at staying on the mainland and just come in on a daily basis thus avoiding the need to bring in a wheelie case and also from paying the accommodation tax that the city imposes.

Perhaps one of our Italian readers will tell us if the law really translates this way


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