Venice considers ban on 'noisy' wheeled suitcases

Grand Canal, Venice, 27 Sep 2014 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Venice is one of Italy's biggest tourist attractions

The city of Venice is considering a ban on noisy wheeled suitcases amid concerns they are keeping locals awake at night.

Officials want visitors to ditch the bags or switch to "noiseless" alternatives with wheels that are filled with air or liquid.

It is hoped the move will also protect the city's ancient streets.

Venice is one of Italy's major visitor attractions, with 27 million people flocking there each year.

A statement on the Venetian council's website said the plan was drawn up to appease the city's residents.

"The rule is designed to respond to the numerous citizens who have in recent years complained to the local council about the serious irritation caused by stuff being moved about at times of the day and night," it said.

But one hotel manager told the BBC he thought the ban was not workable.

He said that if the pavements were too noisy, maybe the city should switch the pavements instead of the suitcases.

If introduced, anyone flouting the proposed rule would be liable to a fine of up to 500 euros (£396), according to AFP news agency.

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