Venice has introduced a €5 access fee to enter the city for day-trippers, with tickets available to purchase online now.
As of April 25, the fee will apply to day visitors sightseeing in the Italian city during 29 designated dates in the year.
The initiative seeks to discourage overtourism during peak periods and “strike a balance between preserving the daily life of Venice residents and providing an exceptional experience for visitors,” says the Italian Tourist Board.
The fee is applicable only to the historical parts of the city on specific days from April 25 to May 5 and on weekends in May, June and July, from 8:30am to 4pm, excluding access to the islands.
The fee does not apply for visitors that stay overnight in the city.
Children under 14 are exempt.
Visitors can pay using a new payment platform which issues a QR code upon completion.