Rome, Apr 20 (EFE).- Tourists traveling to Venice will have to book in advance to access the city’s historic center, authorities have announced.
After some 400,000 tourists thronged the city during the Easter break, Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro announced the launch of the new scheme that will limit the number of visitors ahead of the summer season.
Brugnaro described the shift as “the right way forward” to manage the city’s tourism, Italian news agency ANSA reported Tuesday.
The mayor added Venice would be “the first in the world” to conduct “this difficult experiment.”
In addition to the booking system, day-trippers will have to pay an entry fee of up to 10 euros to access the city center from 2023 onwards.
Tourists planning on spending the night in Venice will not need a prior reservation to enter the canal city.
Municipal authorities have long struggled with balancing Venice’s bustling tourism industry with the fragile nature of the city and its lagoon environment.
The new scheme will aim to account for the number of people in the city center at all times.
Brugnaro said the scheme will tackle overcrowding and “hit and run” tourism.
Over 100,000 people stayed overnight in Venice, a city of 400,000, on Good Friday. The figure does not include day-trippers or people who booked hotels in nearby towns. EFE