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How the new Venice entry fee will work – and when it will come into place

Simon Calder’s Travel

Venice is pressing ahead with its plan to become the first city in the world to charge admission for daytrippers. It will become a city of culture, cuisine and charges.

Starting 25 April 2024, visitors to the historic heart of Venice must pay €5 (£4.25) to access the city between 8.30am and 4pm on key days in spring and summer.

A leading city transport and tourism official, Arianna Fracasso, told The Independent the scheme is aiming “to safeguard the city from overtourism”.

Around 30 million tourists visit Venice in a typical year – with about seven out of 10 (or 21 million) staying only for the day. Just before the Covid pandemic, Unesco warned the city’s “status as a World Heritage property is in jeopardy”.

While tourists who stay overnight in Venice hotels will be exempt from the charge, they will still need to register online and obtain a code that will allow them to pass checkpoints.

Ms Fracasso said: “It’s like a museum in the open air, so we want to safeguard it.”

During 2024, charges will apply on 29 days. The first is Italy’s Liberation Day, commemorating the struggle of the Italian resistance movement against fascism during the Second World War.

The charge will apply for the following 10 days, up to and including Sunday 5 May.

Visits on the seven subsequent weekends, up to and including Sunday 14 July, will also be subject to the fee.

“It’s an experimental thing just for this year,” Ms Fracasso said. “Next year, maybe it will be changed.”

Unesco warns that “Venice’s ‘Outstanding Universal Value’, the hallmark of every World Heritage property” is in peril.

Cruise ships were banned from docking in the historic centre of Venice in 2021 in response to a request from the UN body that seeks to protect cultural heritage.

But Unesco remains concerned about “overtourism, the potential negative effects of new developments [and] the lack of an integrated management system”.

How will the system work?

Any visitor who wishes to access the historic heart of Venice – pretty much anywhere in the city apart from the Piazzale Roma transport access area and the offshore islands – between 8.30am and 4pm will need to register online, in advance, at

You will need a QR code on your smartphone or printed out to get through what are expected to be checkpoints at the entries to the ancient city.


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