It is being widely reported today that beginning next May, Venice will ban the use of wheeled luggage. While this article mentions that the wheels tear up the walkways, the bigger problem really is the noise. It is not unusual to hear the bags rolling at all hours of the day and night due to late arrivals and departures. According to news sources, the new lawbreakers will face a shocking fine of 500 euros.
But is this even true?
According to at least one source, this is actually just a rumor, not a fact.
What’s interesting to me is that two opposite sources refer to Venetian City Commissioner Victor Zapparlorto in different contexts. CNN, for example, gives him credit for designing new rules for air-filled tires and at least by association, was responsible for creating the rules and fines related to the wheeled luggage.
The source saying this is just a rumor refers to Zapparlorto in quotes, noting that he said, “I want to most firmly deny that the Municipality of Venice has ever thought of banning (wheeled suitcases) in the historic centre.”
Okay, whatever. This is the internet so maybe both are correct.