Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
VENICE

Venice launches manners campaign for tourists

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Venice, April 30 - Venice has launched a list of 10
guidelines for respecting the city in its ongoing battle over
tourist etiquette.
'Venice Yours Too, Respect It' is the name of the new
initiative, which encourages visitors to throw away trash, avoid
wearing bathing suits in the city center, not to feed pigeons
nor buy knock-offs from street vendors.
Rather than a list of rules, the new campaign prods
visitors to blend in and do as the Venetians do.
"We decided not to tell people what's forbidden," said
quality of life councilor Carla Rey. "Charm attracts more
attention".
Guidelines on Venetian decorum will be posted around the
city as well as within a variety of local businesses that cater
to tourists.
They will be printed in seven languages: Italian, English,
Spanish, Japanese, French, Russian and German.
The campaign is also using a mascot, a cartoon winged lion,
the symbol of the city.
By some estimates Venice attracts 20 million tourists each
year, dwarfing the dwindling local population of under 60,000.
The city has implemented a number of good-manners
initiatives over the years.
In 2007 female 'guardians of decorum' were licensed to
crack down on tourists going about bare-chested, lounging around
in doorways and eating sandwiches in St Mark's Square.
Dressed in smart blue trousers, white tops and white caps,
the 'hostesses' watched over the city's most famous square and
tourist magnet, stepping in at the first sign of 'uncivilised'
behaviour.
Those duties were gradually passed on to police officers.

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