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Venice brought in millions in entrance fees

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Tourists at St. Mark’s Square in Venice. The city’s authorities have collected more than NOK 11 million in entrance fees during an eleven-day trial period with the scheme. It has not been decided whether it will be introduced permanently or not. Photo: Luca Bruno / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 07.05.2024 02:54:06

Policy: The sum corresponds to around NOK 11.4 million. The city with the lagoon and the many canals is the first to try out such a payment system in an attempt to reduce the amount of tourists that fill Venice to congestion during the high season. Visitors who are not going to spend the night have had to pay 5 euros to enter the city – a scant NOK 60.

The scheme has been in effect between 25 April and 5 May, and the city’s authorities announced on Monday that they had sold more than 195,000 entrance tickets, somewhat more than expected.

Venice has around 15 million visitors each year and is among the world’s most visited tourist destinations. Mass tourism brings good money to the municipal coffers, but the large crowds also lead to problems. Many days it is almost impossible to get through the narrow streets around St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge, two of the most popular tourist destinations.

It has not been decided whether the city will continue to charge an entrance fee. The money collected is intended for the maintenance of streets, canals and buildings.

(© NTB)

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