In a trivial twist of fate, Venice officials are denying the recently reported ban on wheeled suitcases, amidst public outcry regarding the "supposedly proposed" €500 EUR fines.
Many expressed their concern about how the 22 million annual visiting tourists would be able to cart their luggage about without the use of rolling suitcases, especially in a city where use of cars is greatly limited.
In a statement issued by the Venice City Special Commissioner, Vittorio Zappalorto insisted that the proposed noise regulations will only be directed at street vendors and traders who use large handcarts and pallets to move their wares on pedestrian paths.
He reiterated the detriment and erosion caused to the historic walkways by large trolleys, adding, "This (noise caused by rolling suitcases) is particularly annoying when it happens in the early hours of the day, when many people are still sleeping."
Despite his denial of an overarching wheeled luggage ban, he expressed his hopes that the media attention would prompt the tourism industry as a whole to consider the issue of noise pollution from rolling suitcases - echoing last week's sentiment that hopefully luggage companies would consider designing soft-wheeled baggage to accommodate.
With all this back and forth surrounding the proposal, the severity of the ban is yet to be seen, so don't throw out all that fancy luggage just yet, you might just be able to roll your way to a successful Venetian vacation.