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Venice: After 11 days already one million euros in entrance fees


Venice's houses and bridges

Since April 25, day visitors to Venice have been charged an entrance fee of five euros per person. The first test phase has now been completed, but it will continue this weekend.


During the first test phase of a total of eleven days, the new entrance fee for day visitors brought Venice revenues of almost one million euros. With a uniform price of five euros per ticket, over 195,000 tickets were sold, resulting in a total revenue of more than 975,000 euros. According to the statistics of the Italian lagoon city published on Monday, the expectations of the local authority were slightly exceeded.


The fee was charged continuously from April 25th to May 5th. Now there is a break until the weekend. From mid-July onwards, the entrance fee will be due practically every Saturday and Sunday.


Who is exempt from the fee?


In general, all day tourists are charged a fee of five euros between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. To do this, you should get a QR code online and load it onto your mobile phone. Otherwise, fines of up to 300 euros can be incurred. Locals, overnight guests, students and children under 14, who make up the majority of people in the city, are exempt from the fee. They usually also need a QR code, but they get one free of charge.


With around 15 million tourists every year, the Italian lagoon city is one of the most visited destinations in the world. Although mass tourism brings Venice considerable income, it is increasingly putting a strain on the city. On many days, the narrow streets around St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge are overcrowded.


It is still unclear whether the fee will be retained permanently; the decision is expected to be made later this year. If the entrance fee is retained, the plan is to use the revenue to maintain roads, canals and buildings. However, the costs of introducing it are currently higher than the revenue generated.


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