Venice to charge admission for day tourists from 2023 | free Press

Almost no other city is as crowded as Venice during the travel months. To better control the flow of visitors in the future, the lagoon city wants to charge admission from 2023.


Day-trippers to Venice will have to buy tickets to visit the lagoon city from next year. With the rule taking effect from Jan. 16, the flow of visitors to Venice and the surrounding islands will have to be regulated, especially at peak visiting hours, said tourism assessor Simone Venturini.

Locals in particular criticize mass tourism with overcrowded streets and attractions. Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 100,000 visitors came to the city every day. Venice now targets day trippers and cruise ship visitors.

There are also exceptions: Anyone who has booked a hotel in the city, lives in the city or was born there does not need a ticket. Tickets are booked in advance. Depending on how busy the city is, the price may vary. it should be around ten euros per person. If you book earlier, you pay less. With a QR code, for example, tourists can then show their ticket.

Anyone caught at the entrances of the historic center without proof faces fines from 50 to 300 euros. According to city spokesperson Michele Zuin, possible access points such as turnstiles at the city’s main entrances are also not ruled out.

Venice wants to experiment with the system until January. From September, prices for museums and steamboats, almost regular water buses, will increase – unless you book online. Venice wants to get people used to planning their stay, he said.

The new ticket system is not a way to lock people out of the city. “The city remains open,” Zuin said. It helps the municipality to better plan the utilization of transport means and cultural spaces. Venice already monitors the flow of visitors with the so-called Control Room. Surveillance cameras and people-counting devices on bridges and canals as well as the anonymous assessment of cell phones in radio cells give the city a picture of how busy it is. (dpa)

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