Tourists may be forced to pay a 10 euro fee to enter Venice – even if they are just visiting for the day
- Authorities in the city have been given the power to collect an ‘entry charge’
- It will cost between two and five euros but could go up to 10 euros in high season
- The fee will have to be paid by all visitors – even those just on day trips to Venice
Tourists visiting Venice may be forced to pay a 10 euro entry fee to gain access to the city.
Authorities in the Italian holiday hot spot have been given the power to introduce the entry charge, which will replace the current tourist tax that is only paid by visitors spending a night in a hotel or rented apartment.
The new fee will have to be paid by all tourists in the city, even day-trippers who only visit for a matter of hours, and will be between two and five euros (£1.70 and £4.40) but could go up to 10 euros (£9) in the high season.
Tourists visiting Venice, pictured, even just for the day, may be forced to pay a 10 euro entry fee
According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the new charging system could generate 50 million euros a year, up from the 30 million a year the city currently makes from the tourist tax.
In 2017, 10 million tourists paid the tourist tax. But the new fee, with day-trippers included, would be paid by around 27 million visitors.
Venice is often overrun with tourists and locals complain that excessive crowds often clog the city’s quaint alleyways and thoroughfares.
It is believed that funds from the charge will be used to pay for the costs of cleaning the city.
Tourists will pay the fee through a surcharge in airline tickets, cruise prices or ground transportation tickets. The money will then be turned over to the city of Venice.
After the new charge was announced, the city’s mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, tweeted: ‘We will study a balanced and participated regulation that protects those who live, study and work in our territory.’
In 2018, officials in Venice proposed several ways to rid the city of what it calls ‘boorish’ behaviour by visitors.
Venice, pictured, is often overrun with tourists and locals complain that excessive crowds often clog the city’s quaint alleyways and thoroughfares
In September plans were announced to ban visitors from sitting on the ground, with fines ranging from 50 to 500 euros (£44 and £443).
Later it was then revealed people could be banned from carrying alcohol around the streets.
The Italian city was said to be considering fining anybody carrying booze after 7pm – even if it is in a sealed shopping bag.
It came after complaints that tourists are becoming drunk in Venice’s squares and public places.
Meanwhile in early 2018, visitor-only routes to popular landmarks were introduced ahead of a holiday weekend to keep tourists away from the locals.
The visitor-only routes were put in place for tourists heading to St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge.
Elsewhere, a historic village on the Adriatic coast was charging tourists a five euro entry fee at the turnstiles to enter its cobbled centre.
It was announced by the mayor of Polignano a Mare, who said it was necessary to help deal with crowd safety during the festive period.