Venice will officially begin taxing day-trippers starting July 1st 2020
Venice will officially begin taxing day-trippers starting July 1, 2020, authorities in the city have announced, according to The Associated Press. The tax was introduced in 2018 and was originally slated to debut in May 2019, but it was criticized by the country’s tourism minister as “useless and damaging.”
The original plan was to charge €3 ($3.29) at first and raise it to €10 ($10.97) within three years; however, The Telegraph reports that when the system is launched in July 2020, tourists will pay €3 during the low season, €8 ($8.78) during high season and €10 during “critical” periods, such as summer weekends. Visitors will be able to pay the charge online with a credit card or from machines in the city, according to The Telegraph. By 2022, in addition to paying the tax, tourists will have to make an online booking just to enter Venice.
Day-trippers, in this instance, are defined as any tourist who arrives by coach, cruise ship, water taxi, plane or train. Good to know: The tax will also apply to islands in the Venetian lagoon, such as Murano or Burano.
The Telegraph reports that the goal of the tax is to make the millions of day-trippers who visit Venice each year contribute to the upkeep of the city, including offsetting the high charges that locals pay for services, such as trash collection.
Visitors staying overnight already pay a tax as part of their accommodation charge, and exceptions will be made for those visiting Venice for work, study or family reasons.
The tax comes in a series of efforts put forward by Venice to curtail overtourism. In August, the city announced it’s planning to reroute larger cruise ships from the historic city center to ports across the lagoon, including upwards of one-third of ships with planned calls in Venice this year. Prior to this announcement, the mayor of Venice asked UNESCO to include the city on its blacklist in order to divert “giant cruise ships.”
The city also announced in May that tourists who misbehave will be fined upwards of €500 ($548) and will be banned from the city. Acts such as swimming in the canals, walking around shirtless and even sitting and eating on steps would result in the punishment. In a similar attempt to reduce the number of tourists stopping to eat on church steps, historic bridges and canal banks, the city, in May 2018, voted to ban the opening of any more takeaway food outlets for three years.
Most recently, Venice even began to crack down on souvenir shops that have become commonplace along the canals. In September, the Venice City Council unanimously approved a resolution regulating commercial activity—including the sale of plastic miniature gondolas, cheap carnival masks, crudely manufactured “Murano-style” trinkets and low-cost leather goods—in the popular tourist area around Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal.
This story originally appeared on www.luxurytraveladvisor.com
Italy Image Galleries
Your Trusted Travel Agency in Orange County Specializing In International Trips
We combine years of personal experience with exclusive benefits you won't find with the big name travel companies.
Best Priced Deals
Call or Email To Get Started:
"We look forward to helping you plan your next international trip".
Founder & Professional Travel Planner
an affiliate of Luxe Travel
Ed is so helpful and easy to work with. He has helped my Mom and I plan two trips so far. He is always quick to answer any questions you may have and he has a million and one wonderful suggestions and ideas. I can't imagine planning a trip without him now!
- Rachel T.
This is the second trip Ed has put together for us. We just tell him where we want to go and he takes care of everything, down to the smallest detail. Planning a trip can be so stressful, especially going someplace for the first time. Thanks Ed!!
- Serene G.
Gary and I have known as used Ed as a travel planner for years and love his services. It seems he has been everywhere we want to go, and has found all the great places to eat, see and go. His hotels are always wonderful and he is very easy to work with. We give him our highest recommendation.
- Betsy J.
I have been a travel customer of Ed Postal for almost 15 years. I am solo female traveler that prefers to avoid group travel, and Ed has assisted with trips to Indonesia, Turkey, France, Italy, Mexico and Africa. He always plans a safe and easy itinerary and his knowledge of the area and professional travel connections provide a marvelous experience!!
- Karyn P.
Ed knows the best months to travel and where to find great deals. I feel completely at ease when I travel under Ed's guidance. You can call him night or day if you have a question, a change, etc. while on your journey.
- Colleen L.
International Travel Planners
Orange County Travel Agency
A Signature Travel Network member
16450 Bake Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618
A Luxe Travel Management Independent Agent
ASTA VERIFIED TRAVEL ADVISOR CST
We are SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocates helping those with special needs travel requirements.