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Venice Is Not Disneyland: The City Is Going To Charge Tourists With An Entry Fee

January 09, 2019 / Annalisa Girardi

Venice’s lagoon, with its charming waterways and maze of narrow passages, is the favorite destination of millions of tourists from all over the world. From this year, it might cost a little more to visit the Italian city which, fearing to look and be perceived more and more as a theme park, decided to put an entry ticket. Every year Venice gets overrun by tourists, around 30 million people invading the ancient city built on numerous little islands in the Venetian lagoon. Last year, during peak periods of the high season, gates were installed at key sightseeing spots, Saint Mark’s square and the Rialto bridge, to reduce congestion and to regulate touristic flows. When there were too many people and the sites risked dangerous overcrowding, the gates closed, allowing in only local residents or people with hotel reservations. It created a little relief during high season cramped days, but the measure was far from solving all the problems the city is suffering because of ma...