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Venice levies tourist tax on day visitors to combat over-tourism
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Venice levies tourist tax on day visitors to combat over-tourism

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A trip to the already pricey city of Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, will now impact the traveller’s wallet even more than before. Venetian officials have announced plans to charge day visitors up to $11 (€10) to enter, reported CNN.

Venetian Mayor Luigi Brugnaro announced the tourist tax in a video posted on Twitter. “With immediate effect, the disembarking tax in the historical centre of Venice is law,” said Brugnaro. “This will help us to better manage the city, keep it clean, and offer visitors better services.”

The mayor added that the introduction of the measure would see Venetian living conditions improve. How much you get charged for your day trip will likely vary depending on the time of year.

Currently, the Italian city’s tourist tax only applies to those spending the night. But as Venice sees visitor numbers soar ever higher and streets become ever busier, government measures to combat over-tourism are toughening.

This new law is the latest and arguably the most extreme measure designed to handle the nearly 30 million tourists who visit Venice each year. (Source: CNN)