Venice Bans Wheeled Bags

veniceVenice, Italy, one of the most beautiful and visited places on the planet will ban all wheeled luggage beginning in May of 2015.

Anyone tugging a wheeled bag with rubber wheels will be subject to a fine up to 500 Euros. Venice residents are exempt. Pneumatic wheels will be allowed but there is no such bag available today.

The Venice City Council enacted the rule after numerous complaints by residents about the noise caused by thousands of tourists lugging their bags. They also said that all those wheeled bags were causing damage to the stone steps and streets.

This, I believe, is the first time a municipality has banned wheeled luggage.

Since Venice relies on tourism for its economy, look for hotels to fight back against this law.

(Be aware, after writing this post I started getting conflicting reports on whether the ban has already been enacted or if the city council still wants to enact it. I’ll keep you informed.)

 

Addendum 11/24/14–it seems it was all a mistake. Today the Venetian authorities said they never planned to ban wheeled bags. What they are going to ban are large carts that deliver goods and merchandise, not luggage. The local newspaper that first reported on the ban got it wrong.

 

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4 Responses to Venice Bans Wheeled Bags

  1. Jody says:

    What? Wow! We plan to travel there in June with grandparents and multiple wheeled bags in our group. Not sure how to avoid it when they won’t be capable of carrying their bags any significant distance.

    • Catoni says:

      Here is how to avoid it. Pack light… just one maximum size travel backpack with a panel the straps can zip behind if you wish to carry it in one hand like a suit case or to use a shoulder strap. No need to take lots of luggage like so many tourists do. That is why the name of this website is “One Bag, One World” Another good website to learn from is: onebag.com
      I’m a grandfather and still take just one max carry-on size bag that easily fits in the overheads on the plane….. never have to check a back. No Wheelies….even with my bad knees…losing weight and exercise is good even for us older folks to keep us strong and keep the joints healthy….

  2. Frank@OBOW says:

    As I said somewhere else……don’t jump the gun yet. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this story either being a joke or a publicity stunt.

    If it’s true, I think it will hurt hotels in Venice unless they come up with a way to transport wheeled bags to the hotels.

  3. Frank@OBOW says:

    As I expected, this story was not true. Read about it above in the blog post.