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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.’
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.’