Hoteliers in Venice are offering a luxury free stay to a group of 4 tourists who were ripped off when a restaurant charged them for €1,100 for lunch.
The offer was announced on Wednesday by the Venetian Hoteliers Association, whose president said the case had done immense damage to Venice’s image.The four tourists are studying in Bologna, less than two hours away by train, so returning to the World Heritage city would not be too onerous.
He invited them to contact the association in order to arrange the return trip.
The four students had a meal of fried fish, steak and mineral water at the restaurant near St Mark’s Square and were then presented with a bill for €1,143.On returning to Bologna, they filed an official complaint with the police. They presented a credit card slip showing the amount they had been charged but said they had no receipt because the restaurant had not given them one.