The Italian restaurant that charged four student tourists with £970 for a meal in Venice faces a fine of up to £17,000.
The group of students, who are studying in Bologna,had eaten at Osteria de Luca restaurant near St Mark’s Square when they were given the astronomical bill for three steaks, fried fish and mineral water.
The fine was issued after the restaurant owners were questioned by police and health authorities, according to La Nuova di Venezia newspaper.
After being presented with the bill, the group reported the restaurant to police.The students were able to prove to police they had been charged the sum because they kept a credit card slip.

The sky-high bill attracted widespread media attention, prompting Venice’s tourism sector to condemn the restaurant’s actions. The restaurant has a rating of 1.5 on TripAdvisor, with many visitors criticising high food bills.