Venice, Italy mayor details fee system for visitors to the city

Venice, Italy.

Venice announced in 2018 they would be charging a tourist fee for all visitors. The mayor of the city has proposed more details of that fee and a potential start date.

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According to Travel Weekly, the fee would begin on May 1, 2019 and would be around $3.40 (or 3 euros) for 2019. After that, the fee would change based on demand — ranging from 3 euros to 10 euros.

Any violators of the fee could be charged 100 to 450 euros.

Mayor Luigi Brugnaro will be facing the Venice city council on Feb. 26 to ask for the plan to be approved.

“This is an important turning point in the management of Venice’s tourist flows, but above all it is a starting point for a three-year journey that will lead, in 2022, to the booking of access to the city in full mode,” Brugnaro said. “We’re not interested in making cash. The goal is to help pay for maintenance and cleanliness of the historic city,”

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Brugnaro’s proposal recommends a pre-booking system for visitors.

“The message we want to give is that Venice is accessible, open, but visitors must understand that planning is needed to better manage the balance between residents and tourists,” the city council told Italian Insider.

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