Admission To Venice At A Cost
Americans are very familiar with paying admission fees to enter tourist attractions, but those traveling to Italy may have to get used to paying to enter a city.
Having accommodated nearly 25 million visitors each year, Venice, Italy is becoming the first Italian city to charge visitors an entrance fee. This week, the city approved a 3 Euro per person fee for all day-trippers. The new day-trip entrance fee will go toward maintaining the World Heritage site.
Reuters has reported that of the 25 million tourists who visit Venice each year, around 14 million spend just one day, and many take picnics and sleep on cruise ships, bringing little income to local businesses. Under a seven-year-old law, overnight guests are already charged a nightly tourist tax. The city is currently repositioning itself as an open-air museum and as Luca Zaia,
One large hurdle with this proposal is that collecting the fee may get complicated. Day-trippers can enter the city by plane, cruise ship, car, train, or bus, so transport companies who bring tourists into Venice may add the entrance fee to their ticket price.
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