By Ron Howells • 25 August 2021 • 9:48
Venice in Italy to charge tourists up to 10 euros to enter the city. image: Wikipedia
Venice in Italy to charge tourists up to 10 euros per visit to enter the city.
Venice, Italy, is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, before the coronavirus pandemic, around 20 million visitors a year visited the city. However, this popularity has caused many problems such as pollution from cruise ships and overcrowding.
To deal with these problems, city officials are planning to charge tourists to visit the city’s historical centre and its beautiful canals. According to Italy’s La Stampa newspaper, entry into Venice could cost between three euros ($3.50) and 10 euros.
This charge could start to be applied from the summer of 2022. There are also plans to set a limit on the number of visitors who can enter the centre each day, tourists may even need to book their visit to Venice days before they go.
Venice officials have talked for many years about the number of visitors flocking to the city. Environmentalists are worried about the damage cruise ships do to marine life in the Venice Lagoon, also, heritage lovers want to protect Venice’s famous squares and architecture from the millions of tourists.
This made Italy’s Culture Minister say that there is a “concrete risk” of the United Nations culture agency UNESCO adding Venice to its list of World Heritage in Danger sites.
However, a hotel worker said Venice needed cruise ships. He said: “They spend big in a short time, before sailing out.” A city official is worried that charging tourists a fee to enter will turn Venice into a “theme park”.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
I don’t agree about charging people, I’m a tour guide in Rome,with the Covid 19 tourism decrise in all the major art cities, but we cannot think to go back to the same 2019 visitors numbers, was over tourism, we’d think and propose different sites and itineraries.
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