Venice will charge tourist entry fee for short stays
Venice has won approval to introduce an entry fee of up to €10 for short-stay tourists.
Italy’s budget for 2019 has a clause enabling Venice to impose the fee, which will especially target day-trippers arriving on cruise ships.
Tourists already pay a similar “landing tax” when they visit Italy’s tiny Aeolian Islands.
Venetians have long complained that mass tourism is swamping the city, adored for its picturesque canals.
Hundreds of cruise ships moor in Venice every year, allowing over a million passengers to see the city’s sights.
Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the “landing tax” would generate much-needed income to keep the city clean.
It is expected to be set at €2.50 to €5 per person, but at peak times in the summer it could rise to €10. Venice plans to have the tax in place for the 2019 high season.
It will apply only to tourists, but it is not clear whether it will replace a city tax already levied on hotel occupants. That tax brings in about €30m annually, but the “landing tax” could generate more – an estimated €50m.