No kebabs in Venice, as city votes to keep fast food out; James Martin; Lonely Planet

Italy – Venice and its Lagoon

Local authorities in Venice have passed a law that stops new kebab shops and other fast food establishments opening in the city in a bid to “preserve decorum and traditions” of the popular tourist destination. The move follows restrictions that are already in place prohibiting takeaway food being eaten at Piazza San Marco, one of the most visited locations in the city.

The law, which was passed last week, also places limitations on shops selling single slices of pizza. Strangely however, shops that also offer artisanal ice cream will be spared from this measure.

The past few years has seen growing debate and discussion around the preservation of Venice, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that receives millions of visitors every year.

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