Having just highlighted that the police are issuing fines of 25€ in Venice for eating takeaway food in public, here's another little known fact.
Bar owners and restaurateurs in the city are accused of operating a three-tier pricing system.
One price for Italians, a higher price for visitors who might make an effort, but a much higher price for visitors who are offhand or rude.
Quote from Codacons, the Italian consumer rights group:
“If you are Italian, a croissant and a cappuccino cost €3.50. If you speak another language, it costs €7."
Still want to take a romantic trip there? Take a spare suitcase for your spending money and a phrase book...