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Added 5 January, 2019

Venice to charge entrance fees to tourists

As a way of combatting overtourism, a measure in Italy’s 2019 budget law will allow the local government in Venice to charge day-trippers for access to the city’s historic center. Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said late Sunday on Twitter that the new visitors’ tax would “allow us to manage the city better and to keep it clean” and “allow Venetians to live with more decorum.” The City Council will be responsible for setting the charge and determining the collection method. The mayor’s office said it would vary from 2.50 euros to 10 euros per person, with exemptions for students, people traveling briefly to Venice for work or business and regional residents. Overnight visitors will not be assessed the new levy. They are currently charged a small “stay” tax per night that varies according to such criteria as season, location and the ages of guests.

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