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From Now On You’ll Have To Pay An Entrance Fee To Visit Venice

Anyone planning a day-trip to Venice will have to factor in an entrance fee from now on, after it became the first Italian city to charge visitors for stepping foot inside the city grounds. The Venice entrance fee applies from now.

The city has started charging an entrance fee to all tourists who are visiting the city for a single day. Here’s the good news: the entrance fee will only put you back €3 (AU$4.74).

It’s not a completely new concept for the Italian city. Venice has charged overnight guests a nightly tourist tax for the past seven years now, but this new day-trip fee will bring in money from the city’s number one tourist group: day-trippers.

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More than half of the total number of tourists who visit Venice each year only stay for one day. Most of these people visit the city as part of a cruise, so they often sleep onboard the ship and bring their own food from outside the city, meaning they don’t bring much income to local businesses.

The day-tripper fee will see the city receiving income from these visitors, which will go towards the city’s upkeep.

It’s part of the city’s pivot to becoming an open-air museum.

“Venice needs respect, and as is the case with museums, sports stadiums, cinemas, trains and airplanes, it needs to have planned visits… which makes it sustainable both for tourists and the city,” said Luca Zaia, governor of the Veneto region of which Venice is the capital, in explaining the reason for introducing the Venice entrance fee.

Anyone spending a night in a local hotel, as well as children under the age of six, will be exempt from paying the entrance fee. No matter how long you’re in Venice for, there’s plenty to do here, like a visit to the recently reopened Procuratie Vecchie palace.

(Lead image: Damiano Baschiera)