Venice has been a favorite place for visitors from both land and sea for decades. The canals. St. Mark’s Square. Rialto Bridge. Burano. All that and more have made tourism one of the main industries of Venice, with upwards of approximately 5.5 million visitors per year (as of 2019).
Unfortunately, all those visitors have made Venice a victim of over-tourism. Cruise ships had already been banned from the area a few years ago. The Venetian government was also already planning on establishing entry fees, back in 2018 and 2019, to help control the flow of visitors. But then COVID happened and everything was put on hold because heck, no one was visiting. So the fees were set aside for a bit, with the goal of them starting during the summer of 2022.
And here we are. And…..the fees are going to be delayed again.
According to Euronews, Venice authorities have recently voted to delay the introduction of the fees until January 16, 2023. No reason for the extension was given, although as recently as last year, City councilor Marco Gasparinetti didn’t like the idea of the proposed system, suggesting it would turn the city into a “theme park.”
When the new fees go into effect, they will vary with season and how many tourists are expected to enter the city on any given day. The cost will vary from €3 (about $3.16) in the low season to €10 (roughly $10.53) on particularly busy days. There are also plans to install electronic turnstiles at access points to the city.
But for now, with fees on hold, it’s still “cheap” to go to Venice.
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