Italy’s Venice to charge admission fees for tourists

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VENICE, Italy (Reuters) – Venice council has voted to impose an entrance fee for visitors to help pay for the upkeep of the much-visited World Heritage Site in a first for an Italian city.

Around 25 million tourists pour into the lagoon city each year, of whom around 14 million spend just one day there. Many take picnics with them, bringing no income to local businesses.

Councillors overwhelmingly endorsed the entrance fee at a meeting on Tuesday evening, saying day-trippers would now have to pay 3 euros ($3.42) each this year to enter Venice.

The sum will rise to between 6-10 euros from the start of 2020, depending on whether tourists come in high or low season.

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