Venice set to charge tourists for entrVenice plans to charge visitors for admission and set quotas beginning in the summer of 2022, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa.
In addition, the Italian city, which has been ranked as one of the world’s top tourist destinations, will also require prospective visitors to reserve access. Turnstiles will be installed at the main entrances to the city’s historic centre.
It had been debated for years how to control tourist inflows in advance of the pandemic that effectively halted arrivals in 2020.
With travel slowly recovering this year, restrictions are once again coming under discussion as global tourism hotspots look to limit mass arrivals while improving the quality of the experience for visitors and locals alike.
The Italian government banned large cruise ships from the Venetian lagoon last month, in a move that could be just the beginning of an effort to reinvent and regulate mass tourism.
Depending on the season and the number of tourists expected, admission to Venice may cost anywhere from €3 to €10.
Locals, relatives of residents, and tourists booked in a Venice hotel will be exempt from the entrance fee.
Charging visitors remains controversial. City councilor Marco Gasparinetti told the newspaper it will turn Venice into a “theme park.” He proposed restricting access to crowded places only, such as the San Marco Square.