Published on : Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Venice is reportedly set to impose an entry fee for visitors in a bid to prevent huge swathes of tourists descending on the city. Reports suggest that a package of measures have been designed to control tourism.
As per the new package, visitors will reportedly require to book in advance, pay a fee and enter the city via electronic turnstiles. The scheme is reportedly set to be imposed from summer 2022. The entry fee is reportedly set to be between 3 and 10 euros ($3.52 and $11.73), dependent on the season.
However, residents and their relatives, children under six and people staying in local hotels will be exempt from the measures. It is believed that the measures were originally intended to be launched in 2019 and have consistently postponed due to the COVID-19. It was only approved by authorities last week.
According to recent data, nearly 80,000 people recently visited the Italian city each day. At the height of the pandemic, tourism to Venice dried up, leading to the water in the city’s famous canals becoming noticeably clearer. The city has been struggling with over-tourism for several years and large crowds have been causing congestion in narrow streets and creating traffic on its waterways.
In 2017, around 2,000 residents protested against the impact tourism was having on their home. In the summer of 2019, the MSC Opera cruise ship rammed into a Venetian dock and a tourist riverboat on June 2, injuring five people. Since the beginning of this month, large cruise ships have been banned from sailing into the center of Venice.