Last month, Italy banned large cruise ships from entering the waters around Venice. Now the Italian city is taking additional measures to combat overtourism. Starting from next summer, tourists who wish to visit Venice will have to book a ticket in advance and pay a fee to enter the city.
According to multiple reports, the entrance of visitors will be managed through electronic turnstiles. Fees to visit the lagoon city will vary depending on the season. During the peak season, visitors could be charged as much as €10, while during the low season, the price could drop to about €3. Tourists visiting the city during the most popular months might be required to book early, as Venice will implement strict daily capacity limits.
However, overnight guests who stay in local hotels will be exempt from the entrance fee as they already pay a nightly tax. Children up to 6 years old will be exempt, as well as residents and their relatives.
Before the pandemic and during the peak season, Venice could attract more than 80,000 tourists per day. Due to the high number of tourists, rent prices have increased dramatically, pushing thousands of locals away from their city. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit Italy and tourism stopped, Venice was one of the numerous Italian cities that benefited from this temporary stop. The canals cleared up, and locals were finally able again to walk around their city without the hordes of tourists
The discussion on this new measure started back in 2019, but its implementation was delayed in part because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Thanks to this concrete effort to save the city from overtourism, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee announced last month that Venice would not be included on the list of endangered world heritage sites.