Venice plans to charge entry fees to tourists

If you are planning to visit Italy this summer and want to spend the day in Venice, it will cost you around $11.

City officials have introduced a reservation system for day visitors to the Italian town that includes an entry fee, in a trial the government hopes will not dampen tourism , but will handle it.

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“We will be the first in the world to carry out this difficult experiment,” said the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro. according to Forbes. Venice welcomed more than 125,000 visitors over the Easter weekend, which Brugnaro was grateful for – “a breath of fresh air for the tourism sector” – but added that the popular city needed “management more balanced tourism”.

Italy is expected to be one of the most visited locations in Europe this summer.

Fees apply to same-day visitors only. The entrance fee is waived for tourists who spend the night in one of the hotels in Venice, which already charge a tourist tax.

Tourists wishing to visit for the day without accommodation will need to book their day online and pay three euros off-season and 10 during the summer, or about $3 and $11 in US currency, respectively. The six-month trial could become permanent next year.


Crowds, Piazza San Marco in Venice
Crowds in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy. (Photo via Getty/Philippe Paternolli)

“The trial phase begins in June when day tourists will be invited to book through a website being created by the council,” said Simone Venturini, Venice tourism adviser. “Those who book will receive incentives, such as discounts to enter museums. To determine the right of access, we will set a maximum threshold of 40,000 or 50,000 visitors per day.