Status: 02.10.2023, 04:45 a.m.
By: Michelle Brey
In Venice, a brawl occurred in St. Mark's Square. © BOBOROCK/Twitter
In St. Mark's Square, waiters and tourists get violent. A video captures everything. The possible trigger is also known.
Venice – The lagoon city of Venice is popular and expensive. Every year, millions of people stream through the narrow streets and along the numerous canals. From 2024, tourists will have to pay an entrance fee for a day visit. While normally only the pigeons in St. Mark's Square cause a stir, a real brawl has occurred in a café: tourists against waiters, with fists and chairs.
Italy: Brawl at St. Mark's Square in Venice - video shows scenes
Let your gaze wander over St. Mark's Square and enjoy an iced coffee: Venice has its advantages and enchants quite a few. On September 21, however, not all holidaymakers were able to enjoy such a quiet moment. Because in the Gran Caffè Chioggia there was an extreme confrontation in broad daylight. As seen in a video, several waiters clashed with some tourists – according to media reports, four were involved.
It wasn't just fists that flew. The waiters also tried to help themselves with chairs. They seemed to want to literally throw the holidaymakers out of the café. When the situation was almost de-escalating, a member of staff struck again.
Brawl in St. Mark's Square in Venice: What was the background?
Apparently, the restaurant staff did not allow the tourists to access the toilet because they had not consumed anything. This is what the Italian newspaper La Nuova Venezia cites as the trigger for the brawl. The guests then became violent. "I don't think we've ever seen scenes like this in St. Mark's Square," Councilor Sebastiano Costalonga told Antenna Tre. He also alluded to the "rudeness of some tourists."
In general, Italy is already cracking down. So some rules also apply in Venice. If these are not observed, it can be extremely expensive for holidaymakers. There is a risk of fines of up to 500 euros. In any case, the four tourists involved in the brawl did not exactly cover themselves with glory in front of the locals. (mbr)