Venice opens ticket purchases to combat overtourism

Venice opens ticket purchases to combat overtourism

The Venice municipality began selling tickets for five euros on Tuesday, a tax levied in spring and summer on tourists who come for just a day in the Doge City, a victim of mass tourism.

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For a total of 29 days in the period from April 25 to July 14, the peak tourist season, day tourists must purchase this ticket to enter the Old Town between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. local time.

The ticket purchasing website went live on Tuesday at in English and Italian.

However, there are numerous exceptions, especially for people under 14, students or police officers.

This program, which was decided last year, does not impose any limit on the number of visitors.

The main goal of this project, announced in September, is to deter day visitors who contribute to congestion in the city, known around the world for its works of art, bridges and canals and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.

“Venice is the first city in the world to introduce this system, which can serve as an example for other fragile cities (…) that need to be protected,” explained its mayor Luigi Brugnaro in November, when the municipality made this public Dates of application of this tax.

“It is not a revolution, but the first step of a system that regulates the access of day visitors,” explained Mr. Brugnaro, specifying that the goal is “the quality of life in the city.”

In mid-September, the city of Venice narrowly avoided being added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in Danger.

Nevertheless, at the end of July, UNESCO experts recommended that Venice, a jewel threatened by too much tourism and global warming, be classified as “at risk” because of “inadequate” measures taken in Italy to combat the decline of the place.

According to official figures, around 3.2 million tourists stayed overnight in Venice's historic center in 2022, a figure that does not include the thousands of visitors who only come there during the day.