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Tourists caught breaking these rules in Venice could face high fines

Littering, swimming in canals or wandering around shirtless are some of the offences that could see you fined or banned from Venice in the latest rules aimed to crack down on disruptive tourists.

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Venice has introduced strict new rules for tourists. Photo by Stefano Mazzola/Awakening/Getty Images)

New sanctions will see authorities take a hard stance on misbehaving tourists. Minor breaches will be met with fines starting at €25, while more serious offences will lead to the maximum €500 (£438) penalty. From now visitors could be penalised if they litter or snack on the ground in public or sit/lie down in front of shops, historic monuments and bridges. They're also forbidden from bathing, swimming or diving into the canals and from wandering around shirtless or in swimming costumes.

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The rules will be enforced throughout the entire city. Image by ©MusicianJZ/Shutterstock

Drinking alcohol on the street is not allowed between 8pm and 8am, while hen and stag dos and other group celebrations are only permitted outdoors during the day or at weekends. The rules are an extension of the campaign, #EnjoyRespectVenezia - introduced last summer - which instructed visitors not to swim in canals, set up picnics in public spaces, pause too long on bridges, litter or ride bikes through the city.

The new rules, known as Daspos, were approved by Venice city council on Thursday. Repeat offenders even risk being kicked out of Venice and banned from returning.

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Tourists cue in front of a "Palazzo Ducale" in August 2017. Photo by Stefano Mazzola/Awakening/Getty Images

Venice is also working on the introduction of a entry fee for day trippers, which is expected to be implemented from September. Each visitor will be charged a standard €3 tax (£2.65/US$3.40) but from 1 January, 2020 that cost will rise to between €8 (£7/US$9) in high-season and €10 (£8.75/US$11) during “critical periods”.