Venice wants to charge an entrance fee for the city

Venice wants to charge an entrance fee for the city


February 6, 2020 - Bag tailoring or a suitable measure to limit mass tourism in the lagoon city? Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro would like to ask tourists to checkout from May 2019. And once again the cruise tourists are also targeted by the critics.

“Overtourism” is the new horror word. For example, residents in Barcelona, ​​Amsterdam, Dubrovnik or… Venice suffer from overtourism. Around 60.000 people live in the center of the lagoon city. According to the Italian Tourist Office, around 9,5 million visitors are expected to visit the province of Venice every year. In addition there are day guests and the more than one million passengers on the cruise ships. All in all, 30 million visitors could come to the historic old town every year. On individual days, up to 130.000 day visitors are said to be in the city center.

MS Eurodam in Venice

MS Eurodam in Venice


The fact is: day guests consume little and they just stand in the way of the Venetians and hotel guests. This grievance should be put to an end. Initially with an entrance fee and later (2022) perhaps with a central booking system, effective access barriers and everything that goes with it, the city wants to master the crowds.

The following is planned: Visitors without accommodation in Venice should initially pay three euros this year. In 2020 the entry fee will increase to six euros. Depending on the season, ten euros may then be charged at peak times. Students and the commuters flowing into Venice are not affected by the planned measures. Exception rules should z. B. also apply to children or the disabled. Violations of the entrance fee are to be punished with high fines.

Gondola in front of the Rialto Bridge

Gondola in front of the Rialto Bridge


Italy's Agriculture and Tourism Minister Gian Marco Centinaio, on the other hand, describes the project as a "useless and harmful measure". Mayor Brugnaro reassures the critics. You don't want to cash in. Rather, the maintenance and cleaning of the historic city are expensive. Venice has to spend 30 million euros more annually than other cities for their “normal” old towns. The entry fee should be decided by the end of the month.

 

 

 

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