Venice’s city council is considering a ban on rolling suitcases in response to residents’ complaints about the loud noise tourists make ambling about the streets with their stuffed racket-makers.
The incessant sound of wheeled suitcases is giving Venetians “serious discomfort” and also leading to the “progressive deterioration” of centuries-old paving slabs, marble steps and foot bridges, the city council said, the Telegraph reports.
Tourists who use rolling suitcases could be fined up to 500 euros ($620), but residents would be exempt from the ban. Luggage equipped with air-filled wheels would be permissible for the city’s 27 million annual visitors.
“The law won’t come into effect until May, so hopefully by then one or two companies might start producing trolley suitcases with air-filled wheels,” said Maurizio Dorigo, the council’s planning director.