Venice to Approve €5 Fee for Day-Trippers to the City

The fee will be 5 euros (approx $5) for day-trippers over the age of 14.

Day-trippers to Venice will soon have to pay a fee to enter the city.

On September 5, Venice's city council approved guidelines for testing a fee for daily visitors. According to the Associated Press, the test will occur on peak weekends in 2024 and last for 30 days. The city is expected to give its final approval of the plan on September 12.

The fee will be 5 euros (approx $5) for day-trippers over the age of 14. Those visitors will also be required to pay the fee and book their entry into Venice in advance. The fee will not apply to visitors who are staying overnight, as well as people who travel to Venice or the nearby smaller islands for work or school, those who live in Italy's Veneto region, and those who pay local property taxes.

‘Venice is among the most visited European cities... [and so] suffers the most from excess tourism,’ said Simone Venturini, Venice city council member, via the BBC. 'The objective is to invite daily tourists to choose [off-peak] days.'

A small but popular city, Venice has suffered from mass tourism for years. The AP reported that 4/5 of tourists visiting Venice do so for just the day, while the Italian National Institute of Statistics found that at least 13 million tourists visited Venice in 2019.