Venice Entrance Fee: Online Reservations Now Open

Venice implements entrance fees for day tourists via an online platform to manage mass tourism, effective on select days in 2024 and all year from 2025.

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Venice Entrance Fee: Online Reservations Now Open

Venice, one of the world's most renowned tourist destinations, has implemented a new system to manage the impact of mass tourism on its historic city. The Venice City Council has introduced an entrance fee (Venice Access Fee) for day tourists, particularly during the busiest times in spring and summer. This fee aims to mitigate the challenges faced by the city, which include preserving its iconic landmarks such as St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge, and its numerous canals.

To facilitate this, an online platform has been established, allowing visitors to book and pay for their entrance in advance. The platform supports multiple languages for ease of access. Tourists are required to download a QR code from the website, which they must present during checks in the city. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in hefty fines, reaching up to EUR 300.

For 2024, the entrance fee, set at EUR 5.00 by the city council, will be in effect for 29 selected days. Starting from 2025, the fee will be applicable throughout the year. This decision comes as a response to the dwindling local population in the old town, which has fallen below 50,000 residents, contrasted with the influx of tourists that can exceed double that number on peak days.

The entrance fee regulation is specifically targeted at days when Venice experiences extreme crowding. In its initial phase, the regulation will apply from 25th April to 5th May and then on all weekends until mid-July, except for 1st and 2nd June, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This measure is part of Venice's broader strategy to balance tourism with the preservation of its unique cultural and historical heritage.

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