Strange Regulations and Prohibition

Milan: Frowning, sale of bottled drinks banned in public

  Milan stipulates that, except in hospitals or attending funerals, frowning in public will be fined. So, if you travel to Milan, please keep smiling.
  The Italian media “Repubblica” pointed out that this law appeared when the Austrians ruled the city in the 19th century. At that time, the lawmakers required everyone to keep smiling in public. Therefore was punished. In addition to this regulation, the sale of food on the streets of Milan is prohibited in order to maintain public order. Once someone violates this regulation, they may be fined no more than 900 euros (about 6300 yuan), and if they are tourists, they may even be required to leave the place within 2 days – deportation. In addition, the sale of any glass bottles and canned beverages is prohibited in the center of Milan, and no one is allowed to hold, carry, handle and recycle glassware, cans and flammable and explosive items, and it is not allowed to throw any items on the ground.
Sardinia: it is forbidden to take sand, pebbles and shells from the beach

  Sardinia, located in the southwest of the Italian peninsula, is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, after Sicily. Sardinia is best known for its pristine beaches. As a result, several tons of sand on the beach are removed every year, which not only makes local residents complain, but also affects the style and natural environment of the beach to a certain extent.
  Environmental scientists say that while only a small percentage of tourists who visit Sardinia take away buckets of sand, the number of people visiting Sardinia each year has increased in recent years, which means more People will take the sand. Even more out of the ordinary, some of the stolen sand is said to have been preserved and sold on the Internet. Therefore, the local law stipulates that it is illegal to take away sand, pebbles, shells and other items on the beach. Offenders will be fined up to 3,000 euros (about 21,000 yuan) and sentenced to 6 years in prison. “The fine sand should be left on a beautiful and rich island. If you like the beach, you should protect it, not keep it for yourself,” the law said.


Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco: no feeding of pigeons

  Feeding pigeons in the spare time of travel is probably what most people yearn for. Someone once said that “a trip to Venice, the water city, would not be complete without feeding pigeons in St. Mark’s Square.” However, if tourists feed pigeons without permission, they will be fined heavily. detained by the police.
  As we all know, Italy is a very romantic country, especially the bustling Venice, which has left many relics from ancient times to the present. Due to the natural breeding of pigeons here, coupled with the feeding of tourists, their number has soared in a short period of time. It doesn’t matter if there are too many pigeons, the point is that these guys will also destroy the environment-they have caused irreparable damage to the sculptures and architectural surfaces of both historical and artistic value in the square. Over the years, not only have the statues in Piazza San Marco been damaged by pigeons, but even the marble exterior of the cathedral has shown signs of splintering due to pigeons. In addition, pigeons defecate everywhere, making it dirty everywhere, which is quite difficult to deal with.
  In order to control the number of pigeons, Venice’s law expressly stipulates that “doves are not allowed to be fed”, otherwise they may face high fines.
Town of Monza: circular fish tanks banned

  Monza, an ancient small city about 14.5 kilometers northeast of Milan, the fashion capital of Italy, is famous for its F1 racing.
  The Management Council of the town of Monza adopted a “Regulations on Keeping Animals Indoors” in 2004. The regulations clearly stated that citizens are prohibited from keeping goldfish in circular fish tanks for viewing. The rationale: It is cruel to keep goldfish in a round tank, because the curved surface distorts the “real” world for the goldfish, which makes them feel distressed and disturbed. The management board also pointed out that “unlike rectangular glass aquariums, such containers for raising goldfish usually do not have filtration devices to ensure the oxygen content of the water”.
  Regarding this regulation, some fish experts pointed out that raising fish in a round fish tank will cause insufficient oxygen in the tank, which will cause blindness of goldfish. “Although this regulation prohibiting the use of circular fish tanks may seem somewhat strange, its educational effect is obvious, especially for children.” This regulation aims to convey a concept of correct treatment of animals to people.
Turin: Owners fined for not letting dogs walk

  In the city of Turin, the law stipulates that owners who fail to take their dogs out for a walk three times a week will be fined 500 euros (about 3,500 yuan). In order to prevent the dog from being too tired, the dog owner cannot ride a car or drive the dog for a walk, but must walk.
  This law was enacted in 2005. At that time, the situation of pets being discarded in Turin was very serious, so at the request of various organizations, the Turin City Council formulated this “extreme” law. From the perspective of specific content, this local law has made very specific regulations on the various treatments that pet dogs should enjoy. For example, dog owners can put their dogs on bicycles for a walk, but they must never tie them up too tightly. For another example, the owner cannot dye the dog’s fur for aesthetic reasons, nor can it shorten the hair on the dog’s tail. “Any act of turning a dog into a soft toy is illegal in Turin,” the rule says. In enforcing the rule, police will rely largely on reports from witnesses, who will Earn rewards.
Rome: Selfie sticks banned in Colosseum

  The selfie stick is a relatively new mobile phone peripheral part. With it, you can take pictures of yourself conveniently and quickly, and it is also a relatively cheap consumable. Although more and more people are accustomed to using selfie sticks to take photos while traveling these days, some places do not allow them, such as in the ancient Colosseum in Rome.


  The Colosseum was originally a place where countless tourists were keen to take selfies, but a few years ago Rome issued a related ban: banning the use of selfie sticks. This regulation is said to worry that the use of selfie sticks will easily damage the monuments inside. In this regard, the spokesman of the Colosseum, Cristiano Brugchita, said that the Colosseum has about 16,000 tourists every day, because there are many tourists here, and it is easy for thousands of poles to dangle. The 2,000-year-old monument poses a danger. The media has reported that a pair of American tourists were arrested at the Colosseum for writing on the wall and using a selfie stick. Some netizens said: “The legislation in Rome is very good. You only need to use your eyes to see the scenic spots. If you want to see your face, just look in the mirror.”
Carmel, California: You need to apply for a permit in advance to wear high heels

  In Carmel, California, there is a strange decree passed down in the 1960s-ladies are prohibited from wearing high heels, but this decree is not enforced, and you can apply to the city government in advance for a permit to wear high heels. This law was enacted because the city of Carmel is surrounded by mountains and the sea, the terrain is rugged, and there is almost no flat land. Many women often sprain their feet because of wearing high heels, and the sound of high heels hitting the ground will also destroy the tranquility of the small town .
  Carmel also restricts high-heeled shoes: shoes with a height of more than 5 centimeters and a heel with a contact area of ​​less than 6 square centimeters.
  There are also such regulations in some historical sites in Greece. The reason is that some buildings, like the Acropolis, have been damaged to a certain extent by tourism in recent years, so the government prohibits people from wearing high heels in some ancient sites.