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Tax on a day in Venice

SPENDING the day in the picturesque city of Venice, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, is to soon cost tourists a few extra euros.

Venice’s city council approved a visitors’ tax on day-trippers in late February. Officials say the tax is aimed at generating revenue for public services that cost more to provide in the lagoon city, such as trash collection and the cleaning of public areas.

Day-trippers will be charged a daily tax of 3 euros (US$3.40) for the rest of 2019, starting from a date in May yet to be determined. The charge will double next year.

But the tax will also vary on low and high-traffic days from 2020, with the cost ranging from 3 euros to 10 euros.

The city also adopted more than 20 exemptions to the tax. Among the people who won’t have to pay are individuals born, living, working or studying in Venice, children under 6 and people visiting relatives.

The tax applies to visiting Venice’s historic center and any of the lagoon’s nearly 50 islands. City officials said it can be paid at transport and tourism agencies.

It will be included in the price of some travel systems, such as a train ticket to Venice Santa Lucia station, and people eligible for exemptions will be able to escape the charge.

The city plans to experiment this year on the best ways to enforce the tax, a spokesman said. Failure to pay the tax could mean fines of up to 450 euros.


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