According to the latest developments, Venice has postponed plans to charge visitors a “tourist tax” to deal with overtourism.
As previously reported, Venetian authorities have announced that tourists traveling to Venice will be charged between $3.14 and $10.56 per day. This tourist hotspot originally approved the tourist tax in a way to help curb the “overwhelming number of day-trippers” heading to the city, while offsetting the financial losses the city has suffered during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, this tourist hotspot has now reversed its decision and, following a vote by Venice City Council, authorities have decided that the reservation and payment system will be launched next year.
The move comes just a month after the city announced the launch of its portal for incoming tourists to facilitate their process of booking their visiting slots.
The original launch plan was part of a larger crackdown on overtourism, which the former canal town has battled over the years, in addition to the problem of sinking under rising sea levels.
So now, although the tax idea has managed to receive positive reactions from locals, authorities in Venice have voted to postpone the introduction of the tax until January 16, 2023.
If the reports are to pass, when the new rule takes effect, travelers visiting the city for a day will need to pre-book their visit, as well as pay an entrance fee using a dedicated booking app. Prices will likely range from around $3 during the offseason to $11 on the busiest days.
- What is Venice also called?
Venice has been known as “The Dominant”, “Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Water”, “City of Masks”, “City of Bridges”, “The Floating City” and “City of Canals.”
- Where does the name Venice come from?
The name is derived from the ancient Venetian people who inhabited the area in the 10th century BC.
- How many bridges are there in Venice?
Venice is a city built on water and has a record number of 300 bridges.