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Venice Will Implement Day-trip Entry Fee to Flight Overtourism

Venice Will Implement Day-trip Entry Fee to Flight Overtourism

Venice will launch a ground-breaking project that will be the first of its type in the world, charging visitors a day-trip entry fee from this week. The goal is to solve the problems caused by the excessive number of tourists flooding the city and taxing its infrastructure. Venice intends to relieve the strain and protect its distinct ecology and legacy for upcoming generations by enacting entry fees.

It is a public holiday in Italy today, Thursday, 25 April, thus starting from today onwards, tourists to Venice will need to pay five euros (EUR 5) to enter the city. This is the first time that such a fee has been imposed, and to verify compliance, inspectors will be doing spot inspections at many important locations within the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Venice, hailed as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations, saw an astounding 3.2 million overnight visitors to its historic centre in 2022, a figure that greatly outnumbers the city’s 50,000 residents. Tens of thousands of people visit the city during the day, typically arriving by cruise ship, in addition to the thousands of overnight visitors who come to take in iconic attractions like St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge.

This made Venice’s small streets and popular sights overcrowded, which affected the city’s infrastructure. To alleviate the burden on Venice’s historic centre, entry tickets have been introduced to encourage day trippers to visit during slower periods.

Tickets will be needed for entry on 29 of the busiest days between May and July, particularly on the weekends. This plan may control the influx of tourists during busy times while letting them experience Venice during slower periods.

However, Venice’s effort points to a larger concern about finding a balance between the economic advantages of tourism and its possible drawbacks for local populations and the environment. Cities like Venice are attempting to preserve their natural and cultural assets while making sure that tourism is viable for coming generations by putting policies like entry tickets in place. 

Due to problems including increased tourism and rising sea levels brought on by climate change, UNESCO issued a warning last year about the potential for Venice to be added to its list of historically significant places at risk. After municipal authorities decided to start a new ticketing system, the city just managed to avoid this classification.

The mayor of Venice has promised that there won’t be any problems when the new day-trip entry fee system is put into place, stressing “very soft controls” and making sure there are no lines. Controllers will do on-the-spot inspections of guests at strategic entryways, like the Santa Lucia rail station. Visitors who are discovered without a ticket will be urged to acquire one when they arrive or pay fines that range from 50 to 300 euros.

The “Venice Access Fee” is only applicable to day visitors who are in the old town between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm; visitors staying in hotels, children under 14, and individuals with disabilities are not charged this fee. The number of tickets sold per day has no limits and can be obtained as a QR code via the website

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Written by Nadia Farha Mubin

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