Venice has received permission to introduce a starting fee of up to € 1
The Italian budget for 2019 contains a clause that allows Venice to charge the fee, which is aimed particularly at day-travelers arriving on cruise ships.
Tourists are already paying a similar "landing tax" when visiting the small Aeolian Islands in Italy. 19659007] Venetians have been complaining for a long time that mass tourism is flooding the city and worshiping its picturesque canals.
Hundreds of cruise liners dock in Venice every year, leaving over a million passengers to see the sights of the city.
The mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, said the "land tax" will generate much needed revenue to keep the city clean.
It is expected to be 2.50 € to 5 € per person, at peak times in the summer, however, to 10 €. Venice plans to put the tax for the high season 2019 into force.
It will only apply to tourists, but it is not clear whether it will replace a city tax already charged on hotel occupants. This tax is worth around 30 million euros a year, but the "landing tax" could bring in more – an estimated 50 million.
Passengers on cruise ships can be easily recognized, say Italian authorities, but it could be more difficult to take a day trip by plane, road or rail.
Residents, workers and students are exempt from tax. For years there have been protests by the Venetians, who claim that mass tourism disturbs the character of the city.
Claudio Scarpa, head of the Venetian Hotel Manager Association Ava, said: "Anyone passing by from morning to night and only contributing a tiny amount to the revenue from tourism, but imposing costs on our services, must understand that it is not Everything is free ".