Fines for Laziness at Italy's Historic Churches

AP: Officials have announced fines to curtail loitering and littering at churches and other historical sites in Venice and Florence. Officials have announced fines of about US $55 for tourists and locals who sit or stretch out in front of the Duomo or Santa Maria Novella Church in Florence, as well as three of the city's popular squares. In Venice, it will become illegal to escape the heat by going topless or going into the canals.

Authorities in both cities do not want to deter tourists from coming; they just ask that visitors comply with the new rules.