Venice blames ‘fat tourists’ for increased gondola fares and lower capacity

Tourists may have only just returned to the waterways of the Italian city but the gondolieri are already complaining of “overweight” tourists.

The traditional water taxis have had to reduce the capacity for safety, blaming the size of passengers.

New orders from the Venetian Gondoliers Association have reduced the load of the small da nolo class boats to five people and the larger da parade water taxis from 14 to 12.

“Compared to 10 or 15 years ago, tourists weigh a bit more,” the association’s president Andrea Balbi told The Guardian.

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