Well, the headline's not a joke. The city council has passed a law taking effect next May that imposes fines up to 500€ for dragging suitcases with hard wheels along the alleys and bridges of Venice. The claim is that the noise drives everyone nuts and disturbs sleep (many flights from Venice leave in early morning) and that it damages pavements and bridges.
Locals are exempt, as are people with inflatable rubber wheels on their suitcases. Unfortunately, no one makes those...but a local councilor is sure that someone will by next May. Hmmm... From the Telegraph, UK. Click HERE