“Oh Venice! Venice! when thy marble walls
Are level with the waters, there shall be
A cry of nations o’er thy sunken halls,
A loud lament along the sweeping sea!
If I, a northern wanderer, weep for thee.” Lord Byron
As well as pigeon feeding and picnics in St Mark’s Square it seems that the Venice authorities are also cracking down on illegal street traders and where they set up impromptu pavement shop with impunity ten years ago they are no longer allowed to and although one or two tried their luck the police were quick to move in and we saw one nasty little altercation where an officer confiscated the merchandise and the trader fought back, no doubt worried about how we would explain the loss of stock to his suppliers and bosses.