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Sunday 16 December 2018

Venice restaurant fined €20,000 for ripping off tourists with €1,100 bill for lunch

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A Venetian restaurant which charged four tourists €1,100 for lunch has been slapped with a €20,000 fine.

Four Japanese students, who are studying in Bologna, took a short trip to Venice where they decided to have lunch at the Osteria Da Luca near St Mark's Square.

The bill for their lunch of steak, fish and water came to a whopping €1,143 and they were not furnished with a receipt.  However they paid by credit card so they had evidence of the payment.

According to The Telegraph, they made the complaint in Bologna and the restaurant owners were questioned by police and local health authorities.

Embarrassed by the negative publicity for the area, the Venetian Hoteliers Association have offered the students a free break of two nights in a four or five star hotel after their "unfortunate experience".

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