Venice will begin slugging tourists a €10 (AU$14.90) entry fee from mid-January 2023 as a solution to address overtourism in the lagoon city.
The new tax was initially expected to be implemented in June 2022.
Simone Venturini, Venice’s Councilor for Tourism confirmed the impost on Friday, referring to the levy as a “great revolution” in order to handle the monumental crowds that have enveloped the city for decades.
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In a move to curb day-trippers, travellers will be required to make a reservation for the day they intend to visit via a yet-to-launch online booking platform and pay the a fee of between €3 and €10 per person to enter the Italian city. The cost will vary based on how far in advance a booking is made, and the season. Tourists staying overnight in a hotel will be among those not required to pay the fee as it will be incorporated into their nightly room rate. Others excluded will include residents, children 6 and under, and those visiting Venice to see family, for health reasons or to attend a sporting or cultural event.
Those trying to avoid the tourist entry fee face fines of between €50 and €300 should they be unable to show a reservation (QR code) when stopped by city officials.
Venturini said the tourist tax was about creating “incentives and disincentives” for visiting the city, and not to limit the total number of non-residents from exploring Italy’s most popular city.
Beyond the historic centre, the Venetian entrance fee will apply to Lido di Venezia, Pellestrina, Murano, Burano, Tocello, Sant’Erasmo, Mazzorbo, Mazzorbetto, Vignole, S. Andrea, La Certosa, S. Servolo, S. Clemente and Poveglia.
Proceeds from the entrance fee will go towards lowering the taxes of Venetians, which are among the steepest in the country due to the large volume of tourists.
The starting date for the new tourist fee is 16 January 2023.