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Paying to get into Venice? A recipe that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth

By Friday, 15 July 2022 08:00

The historic centre of Venice will soon be accessible only on reservation and by paying an entrance ticket that will fluctuate pricewise depending on the number of visitors expected.

Approved in 2019 by the City Council, and then suspended due to the pandemic, the date has now been fixed at 16 January 2022. It was welcomed by the Minister of Tourism Massimo Garavaglia who has ventilated the idea of extending it to other destinations, setting off a chorus of approval for what is seen as a sustainable panacea to excess tourist flows. 

The system is simplicity itself: from 2023 a city pass of €3 to €10 per person will be required to enter the city. Visitors can book in advance and will get a QR code with discounts on public transport, in museums and for other attractions. Of course there will be exemptions for residents, students and those working or staying in Venice. Hotel guests in other destinations around Venice will get a 50% discount, while a fixed fee of €7 will be levied on cruise passengers disembarking in the lagoon city.

But, I really have to ask, do they really think, after two years of tourism doldrums, that they can solve over tourism with an entrance fee? Constitutional considerations regarding freedom of movement aside, what strikes me is the absolute lack of imagination. Or of clear thinking. Challenges are faced and overcome only with consideration, intelligence and creativity. Demagogic strokes are pretty useless even when, unfortunately, they generate an easy consensus.


Massimiliano Sarti Massimiliano Sarti
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