Admissions fees are often a fact of life and commonly an expense to factor in on your family vacation. You pay a fee to enter the Magic Kingdom, movie theaters and your local football stadium. And now there’s one more place with an admission fee to add to the list: the city of Venice.

With an estimated 25 million visitors annually, Venice is a can’t-miss tourist attraction. The Italian “City of Water” already imposes a tourist tax, charging visitors who stay overnight an added fee. But now the powers-that-be are taking an extra step, instituting an entrance charge that will benefit the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

photo: Daniel Corneschi via Unsplash

The fee, which was initially proposed last year as past of the city’s 2019 budget, was recently endorsed by the city’s council. Day-trippers will pay €3 to enter Venice, or about the equivalent of $3.50 US (as exchange rates fluctuate daily). The price of admission into the city of Venice will increase in 2020, to somewhere between €6 and €10.

In a statement, Venice governor Luca Zaia said, “Venice needs respect, and as is the case with museums, sports stadiums, cinemas, trains and airplanes, it needs to have planned visits… which makes it sustainable both for tourists and the city.”

If you’re traveling with young kiddos, you’ll save a few bucks—or as it is, euros. The entrance fee won’t apply to children under age six.

—Erica Loop



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