Venice becomes the first city in the world to charge an entrance fee; Rules to apply from January 2023

The English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley once said, “Venice, its temples and palaces were like fabrics of enchantment piled up to the sky. The Italian city of canals has been a famous tourist destination for many years. Even, in various art forms, Venice has been used extensively due to the charming nature of the city. Venice is making headlines again as it is reportedly charging visitors an entrance fee of between €3-10 (INR 247-823) from January 16, 2023.

“We are pioneers, the first city in the world to apply a measure that could be revolutionary, (sic),” Simone Venturini, Venice’s tourism chief, told media sources.

Venturini added that the method will act as a solution to “overtourism” in the city, a problem that has long concerned Venice, sources say. After the long Covid-induced lockdowns, Venice is teeming with tourists. Sources claim that more than 50,000 visitors currently visit Venice every day. Data shows that Venice had welcomed around 19 million tourists in 2019, before the Covid period.

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Budget adviser Michele Zuin spoke to media sources, saying ticket prices would be dynamic, meaning the more people there are, the higher the cost. The department will soon unveil the ticketing system.

He added that there are several exceptions to the ticketing rule. City residents, home and timeshare owners, people with disabilities, medical tourists, people visiting relatives, overnight guests, visitors attending cultural events, and children under six-year-olds would be allowed free entry into the city.

Reports say that visitors who violate the entry fee rule must pay a fine of up to €300 (INR 24,701). Venice is a city in northeastern Italy that serves as the capital of the Veneto region. The city is built on over 100 small islands and is famous for its canals and Renaissance-style architecture.

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James C. Tibbs