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Manners Police

Lyndsey Matthews

Manners Police

Not surprisingly, birds are a thorn in the side of officials in Venice, since pigeon droppings are brutal on old statues and buildings. But the city has a bigger potential pest on its agenda these days: uncouth tourists who, according to city officials, traipse around shirtless, sit down in the middle of sidewalks, and—avert your eyes!—dare to eat sandwiches there too. Since 2008, “volunteer angels” have been on patrol to give pec-flashing or panini-noshing offenders a friendly warning, but they can also flag a traffic cop to fine offenders.

Where to Spot Them: The angels stroll St. Mark’s Square in the afternoon—look for their orange vests or a badge with the St. Mark’s Lion logo or the City of Venice logo. —Katrina Brown Hunt


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