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Melodic charm of Venice's chic cafes is seen as a bit of a fiddle

One of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in Italy has championed the lot of tourists by expressing "indignation" over the "excessive" prices charged at cafes and restaurants in Venice. Renzo Rosso, the unconventional self-made founder and sole owner of Diesel, the fashion label, said that his growing irritation turned to wrath when he took his wife, Erica, and their three children to Caffe Florian, one of the most celebrated historic landmarks in the city, on St Mark's Square.

Mr Rosso (52), who comes from nearby Padua, said that they had enjoyed the orchestra that plays at Florian's but had been stunned when they found that the bill included an extra charge of €5.80 a head for "entertainment".

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