Lonely Planet Writer

No kebabs in Venice, as city votes to keep fast food out

Local authorities in Venice have passed a law that stops new kebab shops and other fast food establishments opening in the city in a bid to “preserve decorum and traditions” of the popular tourist destination. The move follows restrictions that are already in place prohibiting takeaway food being eaten at Piazza San Marco, one of the most visited locations in the city.

St. Mark's Square in Venice
Limitations on eating fast food are already in place at St. Mark’s Square in Venice. Image by Boris-B/Shutterstock

The law, which was passed last week, also places limitations on shops selling single slices of pizza. Strangely however, shops that also offer artisanal ice cream will be spared from this measure.

A picture of a kebab, which are now prohibited in the city of Venice
The new law prohibits the opening of new kebab joints and fast food shops. Image by Schöning/ullstein bild/Getty Images

The past few years has seen growing debate and discussion around the preservation of Venice, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that receives millions of visitors every year. Last year saw the city considering placing a limit on the number of tourists permitted in an effort to protect the unique charm of the historic city centre, while it was recently announced that real-time updates of crowd numbers at popular sites will be made available online to help ease overcrowding in certain areas.

Venice follows in the footsteps of Verona, who last year passed a law against new kebab shops opening.