Venice Bans Fast Food to Preserve City’s Character

In the international imagination, Venice is everything Italian travel dreams are made of: a magical canal city of gondolas, awe-inspiring architecture, a never-ending flow of local wine. In reality, it increasingly looks more like giant crowds of tourists coming off of cruise ships to flood St. Mark’s Square, with food options that are far from authentic. But that last part might be changing. In a new law passed Thursday, Venetian authorities banned the opening of any new fast food restaurants or “kebab shops.”

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