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Italian Tourism Minister, Gian Marco Centinayo, criticized the Venetian authorities for their initiative to introduce new exactions from tourists …

Venice introduces an “entry tax”, and then admission to the city only by pre-order
The news is really scandalous – if you call things in your own words, the Venetians gathered to block access to their city for those who would appear without a big bribe. But the islanders habitually waved away angry cries from Rome, they say, this Centinayo does not like us and there is nothing to be done about it.And it’s time for tourists to recall that they are guests in Venice and nothing more.

The position of the Venetians is rather desperate than defiant. The ancient city has long turned into a courtyard for tourists from all over the world who, in the era of globalism, completely ceased to respect any traditions and other people’s interests. Visitors often behave differently than boorish, but the main problem in Venice is that everything is visible in a limited space. Do not hide the problem, do not push it into the corner – the city spends about 40 million euros per year only on garbage left from numerous revelers. While earning, according to official figures, on tourist excursions only 30 million euros.

In Venice, prohibitions are already in place for travelers, such as sitting on the ground, carrying and especially drinking alcohol on the street, lying on benches, standing on bridges for a long time, etc. Fines are fierce, up to 450 euros for misconduct. Against this background, the initiative to introduce an “entry tax” of 3 euros seems to be just another annoying trifle, but not so simple. 3 euros is the minimum price tag, and on holidays it will increase to 6 euros, and even up to 10 euros at the peak of city attendance. You will have to pay, even if you drop in Venice for a couple of hours, passing through.

The logic of the Venetian authorities is obvious – the new tax will hit spontaneous guests, random travelers and event tourism lovers who are used to freely roaming around the eurozone without any responsibility. But the old city cannot painlessly receive a hundred or two thousand fans of some pop star if she gets the idea to arrange a performance in Venice right now. And, on the contrary, obedient and welcome tourists will be protected from these requisitions.

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The mayor of Venice, Luigi Bruniaro, said – we can’t just close the entrance to the city, so we will let everyone in, including “fare dodgers”. But he immediately promised them “huge problems” without specifying details. And he added that he wanted to introduce a pre-order system for visiting Venice by 2022, so that the authorities could analyze and predict the number of tourists and the load on the city’s infrastructure. It’s simple – you, as usual, book a hotel room, confirm your desire and the availability of financial opportunities to spend so many days in Venice and pay only the standard tourist fee.

The “entry tax” will begin to be collected from May 1, 2019 and at first they promise to “condescendingly” treat those who refuse to pay. “We are not going to militarize the city, but we must make it clear to the guests of Venice that travel planning is in the interests of both the townspeople and themselves,” said Bruniaro. And about a third of the fees will go to finance the expansion of the police and strengthen security measures. It turns out that in the near future, tourists will have to choose – to travel to Venice “on request” or risk a wallet and trouble with carabinieri.

 

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