There was a move to ban rolling suitcases in Venice. Did it ever go into effect?
Nope. Don't even think about it
Thanks. Could not imagine how they could have implemented a ban
The original proposal was about banning the big, noisy carts used to carry goods up and down the bridges in the early moring. Unfortunately the story wasn't properly translated into English. The Venice councillor who signed the draft is still wondering how wheeled carts became tourists' luggage on the international press.
Thanks for clarifying
There is no ban in place. Roll responsibly.
As convenient as they are for us all, these two- and 4-wheeled things must be a pain in the a*** to hear rolling past your window, especially if you are at home all day working or otherwise.
I've actually been looking about for a suitcase with two large wheels that doesn't cost a fortune. This type of thing would handle rough surfaces better and roll along quieter than conventional bags. If I could sit on it when all the airport seating is occupied, so much the better. Sadly, we're not there yet. ☹️Edited: 20 September 2017, 00:04
Banning rolling suitcases pretty much equates to banning all suitcases. I can't imagine that happening.
The noise issue is somewhat unique to Venice due to its many bridges and residents living nearby. Ages ago, I took a night train that arrived at Venice before 5am. We (or I really, being the male in the party) had to drag the suitcases up-and-down many bridges to get to our hotel which was quite exhausting. The good thing was we got to walk San Marco before anybody else was there.
The political provocation was a suggested proposal by the appointed commissariat substitute mayor a couple summers ago, and was mostly a sound bite to get some attention during a period when he was feeling a bit ignored by the press. It was mainly targeting hard wheeled transportation devices rather than softer rubber solutions, which makes for quietr passages, and in the case of some transport carts, less damage to the bridges' steps' edges, which wear and/or chip over time. Really a non-news, and nothing came from it.
The reality is that venetians keep complaining of everything. They want the money from the tourists without them. If all tourists leave it's a dead city, already depleted from young people living in the mainland looking for better services. Just old people who don't need a job because they are retired
Just an example: They don't like tourist to bring food with them and try everything to discourage it. Naming the public decorum the administration bans sitting on the stairs. The real goal is to send the tourist to the high cost restaurants/bars.Edited: 20 September 2017, 10:23