The city of Venice has banned recreational boats, including canoes, kayaks, pedalos and paddleboards, across its main waterways.
Previously such vessels were prohibited during the peak hours of 8am to 3pm (on weekdays) and 8am to 1pm (on Saturdays), but this week they became entirely illegal.
According to The Local, the Canal City’s famed gondolas and other traditional Venetian boats will still operate, subject to regulations, as well as vessels owned by local residents. Inflatables and rubber dinghies are banned completely.
Affected waterways include the Grand Canal, the Cannaregio Canal, and routes used by Venetian public transport.
In some minor waterways, the ban will only apply between 7am and 5pm on weekdays and 7am and 3pm on Saturdays.
A collision between a ferry and gondola in 2013, which resulted in the death of a German tourist, brought the city’s canal traffic under scrutiny.
In related travel news in the region, Croatia has announced it will be increasing its tourist tax by 25%.
Excluding campsites, the new charges will apply to all accommodation, The Independent reported.
The first rise in 14 years, the regulation will come into effect from 1 January 2019 and will only apply during peak season.
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