It's official, Venice will tax day-trippers starting July 1, 2020. While the tax was first proposed in 2018 and was originally set to debut in May 2019, the implementation was delayed as the specifics were being worked out.
The price that tourists pay will depend on how busy Venice is on a particular day. During high season, tourists will pay eight euros. During the low season, they will pay three euros. During 'critical' periods, such as summer weekends, day-trip visitors will have to pay ten euros.
In the near future, tourists will be able to pay the tax via a web app. The hope is that visitors will be able to pre-pay online with their credit card, PayPal or bank transfer. Day-trippers can also get their tickets at outlets in the city center or neighboring provinces. Those who are visiting Venice to study or to work, or those visiting families, will be exempt from the tax.
By 2022, not only will visitors have to pay the tax, but they will also have to make an online booking before entering the city. Authorities are hoping to implement an entirely electronic system.
A day-tripper to the city is defined by a visitor who arrives by bus, water taxi, plane, train or cruise ship. The purpose of the tax is to make day-trippers contribute to the upkeep of the city. Visitors who stay overnight don't have to worry as the tax is already part of their accommodation charge.
In May, the city also announced that those who misbehave while visiting will face fines of upwards of 500 euros. Fineable acts include being disrespectful of Venice, offending public decency, skinny dipping, swimming in the canals and even sitting on the steps and eating.