Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
VENICE

'Manners police' to keep Venice tourists in line

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Venice, May 15 - 'Decorum monitors' will soon be
deployed in Venice's St Mark's Square to keep summer tourists in
line with local customs and manners, officials announced
Wednesday.
Known as the San Marco Guardians, the civilian etiquette
squad will be marked by its orange uniforms and will work
alongside police asking visitors not to feed pigeons, not to
wear swimsuits away from the beach, and to avoid sitting on the
ground in front of busy landmarks.
The effort is sponsored by Costa Crociere, a major Italian
cruise company responsible for bringing on large numbers of
tourists to the lagoon city who often outnumber Venetians on
peak days.
The cruise industry has been under fire since the Costa
Concordia crashed off the coast of Tuscany last year, killing 32
people.
Many locals in Venice fear that cruise ships pose a risk to
to both the lagoon ecosystem, the surrounding architecture and
citizens, and that the influx of tourists aboard those ships are
threatening local customs and decorum.
Last month, Venice launched a campaign called 'Venice Yours
Too, Respect It', which consists of 10 guidelines for tourists
to respect the city 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, making the day average in summer up to 90,000, dwarfing
the dwindling local population of under 60,000.
The city has implemented a number of good-manners
initiatives over the years.

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