Venice may in the future collect a kind of entrance fee from tourists. The revised budget of the Italian government, was adopted on Sunday by the Parliament in Rome. Tourists could then have to pay according to season from € 2.50 up to a maximum of 10 Euro for the visit to the lagoon city. Venice has been fighting for years against the tourist rush and tried again and again with different strategies to keep the masses in check.

The measure should relate only to day-trippers. Hotel guests, however, so far, a local tax. To pay the new amount might be about the means of transport such as buses or cruise ships, which bring the travelers to the city.

It would now be “checked and balanced” rules, the “protect those who in our region to live, study or work,” tweeted Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro.

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