Visiting Venice will cost a few extra euros for day-trippers

MILAN — Spending the day in the picturesque city of Venice, one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, will soon cost a few extra euros for visitors not staying overnight.

Venice's City Council approved a visitors' tax on day-trippers late Tuesday. Venice officials say the tax is meant to generate revenue for public services that cost more to provide in the lagoon city, such as trash collection and the cleaning of public areas.

Day-trippers will be charged a daily tax of 3 euros ($3.40) for the rest of 2019, starting at a date in May still to be determined. The charge would double next year.

But it also would vary on low- and high-traffic days beginning in 2020, with the tax ranging from 3 euros to 10 euros.

The city also adopted more than 20 exemptions to the tax. Among the people who won't have to pay are individuals born, living, working or studying in Venice, children under age 6 and people visiting relatives.

The tax applies to visiting Venice's historic center and any of the lagoon's nearly 50 islands. City officials said it can be paid at transportation and tourism agencies.

It will be included in the price of some travel systems, such as a train ticket to Venice Santa Lucia station, and people eligible for exemptions will have a chance to prevent charges.

The city plans to experiment this year on the best ways to enforce the tax, a spokesman said. Scofflaws face fines of up to 450 euros.

Must Read

Niki Lauda released from hospital after lung...

Oct 24, 2018

Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda has been released from a Vienna hospital nearly three...

Ice packs: Cigarette smugglers find frozen route...

Jan 19, 2018

US-LITHUANIA-SMUGGLING:Ice packs: Cigarette smugglers find frozen route to Lithuania

Ukraine OKs property law that could affect 12,000...

Jan 17, 2019

Ukraine's parliament has adopted a bill spelling out procedures for transferring church property...

Belgians, Dutch join in opposing Trump's...

Jan 25, 2017

Belgium is joining the Netherlands in backing the creation of an international fund to finance...

Talks on airplane laptop ban end with no ban,...

May 17, 2017

Talks on a proposed U.S. ban on laptops and tablets in flights from Europe ended Wednesday with no...

Sign up now!

The Healthier Web delivers accurate and up-to-date health information through medical content and insights from experts. Feel the ‘ohm’ here in The Healthier Web.

Contact us: sales[at]thehealthierweb.com