With an influx of nearly 5 million tourists visiting the fairytale island of Venice each year, the city has reached maximum capacity which will now require tourists to fork over a couple of extra euros in order to experience Venice’s undoubtedly beauty first-hand. The Venice tourist tax may not be what your wallet wants, but city officials deem it necessary for the city’s upkeep.
Who Does the Tax Apply To?
If you are staying overnight (and have enough time to explore Venice’s hidden gems), this extra fee won’t apply to you (it’s already included in the cost of your accommodations). Venice’s City Council approved this new tax only for day-trippers visiting the iconic city, as 80 percent of Venice’s total visitors don’t spend the night. With more people comes more trash, necessary cleaning, and other public services to help maintain the city. This extra revenue will help foot the bill for those who decide to sightsee and dash.
How Will the Tax Be Enforced?
For now, day-trippers will be charged 3 euro (about $3.40) starting in May until the end of 2019, and then the price will increase (and fluctuate) to 10 euro. The price you pay may vary depending on high or low season, and children under 6 years of age are exempt from this tax.
It’s a bit unclear of exactly how this will be enforced, but the city said visitors can expect this tax to be included in the cost your train ticket or the mode of transportation you arrive in. Those who try to avoid paying the tax could be fined up to a hefty 450 euro.
So is it worth it? That’s a rhetorical question–of course, it is! Whether you are planning to visit Venice in a day or stay a few nights, Venice is always a good idea.