Tourists to Venice will soon have to pay an entry fee as the city moves to better handle 'overtourism'
Venicewill reportedly start charging an entry fee next summer, Italian newspaper La Stampa reported.
- Other measures to curb
tourismwill include advance reservations and turnstiles into the city.
- The city has been grappling with "
overtourism" and the climate crisis in recent years.
Starting next year, visitors to Venice will reportedly need to prepare to pay for entry - and even make reservations in advance.
Bloomberg reports that the city will enact quotas beginning in the summer of 2022, when fees will also start kicking in. It'll reportedly cost between three and 10 euros - around $3.50 to $12 - to gain access to the city (the fee will be season-dependent, according to CNBC). Visitors will have to pass through turnstiles to enter, according to multiple reports.
The fees won't apply to those who already live in Venice, their relatives, or any younger children. You can also circumvent the fee if you stay at a hotel in the city. However, if the pay-to-enter model spreads wider, it could signal a two-track
These policies show how the pandemic and climate crisis have forced local economies to come up with solutions to problems that could threaten their futures. Venice, for instance, has long grappled with balancing its popularity as a
Currently, Venice residents and tourists alike are currently assiduously tracked as they navigate the city. In January, CNN reported on the "Venice Control Room," where officials are tracking how many people are in the city and clogging up its
On Sunday, CNN reported that the city was now hiring armed guards on ferries to help control tourism overcrowding. A legal representative for the union that represents some of the workers on those ferries said some had been "physically attacked" as tourists flock back and lines grew.
The city was under consideration to be classified as one of UNESCO's world heritage sites in danger, the Associated Press reported, but avoided making the list after banning large cruise ships and being told to update UNESCO in 2022 on measures to curb "excessive tourism."
In June, a large cruise ship sailing through the city caused concern and led to protests, the Associated Press reported, with celebrities signing on to an open letter calling on authorities to halt such ships from coming through - and to get a better handle on managing tourism.
Venice has already seen disruptions to its famous canals, which have both flooded and dropped 18 inches within a year; the mayor attributed these fluctuations to the climate crisis.
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