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Cafes and restaurants in the Italian tourist hotspot of Venice are in the news again after another eye-watering bill to a customer.

Chilean Juan Carlos Bustamente has posted his receipt online for two espresso coffees and a couple of small S.Pellegrino waters at Caffe Lavena in St Mark's Square – €43 (NZ$74).

The espressos were €11.50 each (nearly $20) while the waters were €10 each.

This isn't the first time that Venice eateries have hit the headlines for expensive bills.

In January a restaurant allegedly charged four tourists $1800 for four steaks, fried seafood, a bottle of wine and water.

And in November last year it was $881 for a seafood lunch in the Italian city.

The cafe at the centre of this latest bill told the Daily Mail that it was the customer's fault for sitting outside as that comes with a premium. Inside, coffee costs €1.25 (AUD$2) at the bar.

Republished by permission of Stuff.co.nz 

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