Venice to charge visitors to access city centre

A tax of up to £9 will be levied in a bid to manage the effects of thousands of visitors each day.

The local government in Venice has been granted permission to charge tourists and day-visitors up to £9 to access the city centre.

The charge is intended to help with the problems of overtourism, such as dealing with litter left behind.

The mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, said on Twitter that the new tax "allows us to manage the city better and to keep it clean [...] and allow Venetians to live with more decorum."

The city council will set the charge but it is unclear so far how the tax will be collected. It could be added to the costs of transport tickets arriving in the city.

However, there may be exemptions made for students or business travellers.

Venice has been looking at a variety of ways to manage the flow of visitors in recent years, especially at peak times when cruise ships drop off thousands of people at the same time. Gates around St Mark’s Square and Rialto bridge have been installed to prevent access if visitor numbers get too high.

At Tomorrow's Urban Travel in Copenhagen last year, Megan Epler Wood from Harvard University explained how heavy tourism can be more of a burden than a benefit.

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