Venice has banned wheelie suitcases – handy

November 22, 2014 admin No comments

A general view shows boats surrounding the taxi boat of US actor George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin on September 28, 2014 on the Grand Canal in Venice. Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney and Lebanese-British lawyer Amal Alamuddin married in Venice on Saturday September 27, 2014 before partying the night away with their A-list friends in one of the most high-profile celebrity weddings in years. "George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin were married today (September 27) in a private ceremony in Venice, Italy," Clooney spokesman Stan Rosenfield said. The announcement came as a surprise as the pair were not expected to officially tie the knot until Monday, though they are still tipped for a civil ceremony at the town hall to officialise the marriage under Italian law.  AFP PHOTO / PIERRE TEYSSOTPIERRE TEYSSOT/AFP/Getty Images

It’s about to get a lot harder to be a tourist in Venice (Picture: Getty)

Planning a romantic trip to Venice in 2015? Well you may want to think again.

Because the city has just banned wheelie suitcases.

The law, which comes into force in May 2015, is being brought in to combat noise pollution and what the city council has called ‘worrying signs of deterioration and wear’ to paving stones.

In a statement Venice City Council explained: ‘The rules respond to the needs of many residents who have complained to the authorities in recent years about serious discomfort in their homes linked to the movement of goods at times protected by legislation such as at night and in the early morning.’

A luggage boat carries suitcases in Venice

We’re sure luggage boats will be in great demand when the new law comes in (Picture: Flickr/ Will Bakker)

Interestingly though, although tourists could be fined up to 500 Euros for disobeying the new law, Venetians will be exempt.

But before you panic, there is a loophole in the law. Although suitcases with rubber tyres have been banned, ones with inflatable tyres are allowed.

Just one problem though – suitcases with inflatable tyres don’t actually exist.

City official Maurizio Dorigo mused: ‘Hopefully a company will start producing suitcases with inflatable tyres. We’ve got till next May. Someone will be able to design and sell them by then.’

Alrighty then.

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