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Bar Owner Proposes Tourist Fee for Venice

The owner of the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice, Arrigo Cipriani, proposed last month that tourists pay to visit the city in order to help combat damage caused by overcrowding and littering.


Cipriani made his proposal to the local newspaper La Nuova di Venezia, saying that the payment system should be located on  Freedom Bridge, which connects Venice to the mainland, with free passage for Venetians only.
“Everyone feels they have a right to make a mess. Tourists see that the city is disgusting and so they don’t feel bad about adding their bit,” Cipriani said, adding that he was shocked by a tourist who was recently filmed jumping nude into the Grand Canal.


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