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Venice Plans to Start Weeding Out Cheap Tourists

If you want to go to Venice for the day, you’ll soon have to start paying.

Tourists in Venice in June. 

Tourists in Venice in June. 

Photographer: Andrea Merola/Bloomberg

On a recent afternoon in Venice, a visiting family spread a tablecloth over the top of an historic well to lunch on homemade food amid the Renaissance-era ambience. It was a thrifty alternative to spending money at local eateries, but authorities were having none of it. 

“They have been severely fined,” said Simone Venturini, a Venice city councilor, who’s leading an initiative to shift the city’s tourism industry to quality over quantity.