On April 25, 2024, Venice officially launched an entry fee to stop overcrowding on busy tourism weekends. 

The fee is five euros and applies to visitors entering the city during the hours of 8:30AM-4:00PM on the following dates: 

  • April 25-30
  • May 1-5, 11-12, 19-19, 25-26
  • June 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30
  • July 6-7, 13-14

These dates are based on the information currently available as of May 2024. They are subject to change in the future, and those dates can be viewed when booking tickets online. 

It’s important to note that skipping this fee will result in a fine of up to 10X the price you should have paid to enter the historic city of Venice—and some visitors have already tried this in the days since the fee was launched. We don’t recommend trying your luck to avoid this fee. 

The city strictly enforces this with trained officials who have been instructed to carry out random checks. Seven checkpoints are located throughout the city, including the main train station. Any person violating this will face fines between €50 and 300. Don’t be that kind of tourist! 

Tickets can be booked online, and you’ll receive a QR Code showing you have paid your fee. We recommend booking well in advance if you plan on visiting during any of these dates. 

The fee is only for day trippers into the city, meaning that if you stay for a longer period, you will be exempt from paying this fee. Children under 14 years of age are also exempt from the fee, as are Venetian-born visitors, students, and workers. Longer-term visitors with hotel reservations will also receive a QR code, and hotel bills will already include the Venice access fee. 

The fee itself is meant to reduce crowds and encourage longer visits, which promotes a better quality of life for residents – let’s dive deeper into why.  

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Why is Venice Introducing This Fee? 

Venice is a historic city that was nearly placed on the UNESCO Danger List last year due to damage from overtourism. 

Venice is one of the world’s most visited destinations. On days when tourism numbers exceed 30,000, the city becomes practically unlivable, with alleyways packed with people and water taxis filling the waterways. 

This makes it nearly impossible for everyday Venice residents to go to work, shop for groceries, or even leave their homes. Not to mention, this level of tourism over time strains the overall ecosystem in Venice. 

The overall aim is not to punish visitors to the city but to incentivize tourists to avoid the most high-traffic dates. 

Are Other Cities in Italy Considering an Access Fee? 

Venice is not the only Italian city that has considered implementing a daily tourist entrance fee. In fact, Lake Como’s residents are feeling the pressure of excess tourism, meaning they may be the next destination to implement one. 

The reason that Italian cities are considering making the move to requiring entry fees is to reduce the effects of tourism, balancing the positive and negative aspects. While tourism can certainly stimulate a local economy, tourism in excess can make life worse for local residents and cause damage to historic sites that need to be preserved for cultural heritage. 

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How Can I Practice Ethical Tourism? 

One way to have a better trip to Italy is to practice ethical tourism and positively impact local communities. Massive crowds at the most famous “bucket-list” locations in Italy can have significant negative impacts on the local community. 

Constant influxes of tourists hurt the quality of life for local residents, heightening rent costs and causing a lack of housing due to the many AirBNB-converted accommodations. This problem has been growing larger for many years and isn’t limited to Venice, Rome, or Italy. 

One way you can lessen your impact is to seek out lesser-known locations beyond the major tourist sights and stimulate local economies in those places. Small, family-run businesses need your support and are often left in the dust by larger, tourism-based restaurants coming in. 

It’s also important to connect with locals who love and live in the territory you’ve come to enjoy. These are the people who will revive Italy’s hidden regions, and you can help to do that by supporting and connecting with them rather than simply going for the bucket-list sites. 

Visiting hidden gems of Italy that are less overcrowded will not only ease the pressures of tourism on cities like Venice but will help to support small, family-run businesses. You will have a better experience when you go for the experience, not just the social media viral hot spots. 

But this can be hard to do when you don’t speak the lingo, have to worry about the logistics of it all, and don’t have the right guides to translate the Italian experience for you. 

That’s where we step in! When you travel with us, you’ll be taken to destinations, farms, food producers, cultural sites, wineries, and charming villages that have not succumbed to over-tourism, so you can feel good about your trip. 

Ready to make a positive impact, take the guesswork out of your Italian vacation, and experience Italy untainted by excess tourism? 

Discover your next Italian vacation today! 

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