Venice to introduce €5 daily charge for visitors
By Katie McGonagle | 14 Jan 2022
Popular cruise destination Venice is set to bring in a €5 per day fee for visitors in a bid to combat overtourism
The Italian city has previously faced criticism about overcrowding from visitors flooding its narrow streets and popular tourist sites, with much of the discussion focusing in particular on cruise ship passengers.
Authorities are now set to install turnstiles at entry points to Venice, in combination with 500 cameras spread across the city centre to identify visitors who have not paid the single-entry fee of €5.
Reports have suggested the move is aimed at reducing “hit-and-run tourism”, targeting day visitors not resident in the city.
Flavio Zappacosta, head of UK & Ireland at the Italian National Tourist Board, said: “While Venice is implementing a €5 per day fee for tourists, it’s not completely new for UK visitors as they would have previously had to pay that as part of the city tax when staying overnight in Venice.
“Those tourists who are staying in accommodation in Venice and paying city tax will be exempt from the fee.
“The charge is new for all cruise and day visitors and has been implemented as part of a wider recovery strategy to manage overcrowding and protect the city’s cultural experiences by providing an all-round better experience for tourists.”
There is no confirmed date for when the measures will take effect, but it is believed to be within the next few weeks.
Ships have been banned from the historic city centre since August 1, 2021, following a warning from Unesco that it could affect Venice’s World Heritage Site status.
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