Venice is set to impose a new policy that will go into effect next summer. To act against overtourism, the city will soon require travelers to book their visit in advance and pay an entry fee.
In a report by Italian newspaper La Stampa, tourists on a day trip to Venice will have to pay an entry fee between between $3.50 and $12 depending on the season and enter the city via electronic turnstiles.
Lawmakers just approved the package of restrictions last week. These restrictions were set to take effect earlier but have been postponed due to the pandemic, CNBC explains.
Those visiting Venice during the peak season will have to book reservations early as the city will have strict capacity limits.
Residents or their relatives, children under six, and those staying in local hotels will be exempt from these restrictions. It remains unclear if Venice’s Airbnbs will be classified as local hotels.
This summer, all large cruise ships were banned from Venice. As reported by Matador Network‘s Eben Diskin in July, “all ships weighing over 25,000 tons are prohibited from entering the shallow Giudecca Canal that flows past Piazza San Marco. Only small passenger ferries and goods vessels will be allowed to use the canal. Residents have long advocated for the government to ban large ships from the lagoon, due to their pollution, ill effects on the ecosystem, and even accidents that have injured tourists.”
A version of this article was previously published on July 30, 2020 and was updated on August 26, 2021, with more information.