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Venice Implements New Restrictions on Tourism


Sat 30 Dec 2023 | 11:09 PM
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Venice, Italy, is taking further steps to manage the challenges posed by mass tourism. 

The city council has recently approved measures that will limit the size of tourist groups and restrict the use of loudspeakers during tours.

Starting from June 1, 2024, Venice will ban tourist groups larger than 25 people from navigating its historic streets and waterways. Additionally, the use of loudspeakers during tours will be prohibited due to their potential to cause confusion and disturbances.

These changes are part of the city's ongoing efforts to mitigate the negative impacts of mass tourism on Venice, particularly in its historic center and the nearby islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. 

The goal is to protect residents from excessive noise and inconvenience caused by large groups of tourists.

Venice has long grappled with the challenges posed by mass tourism. While it remains one of the world's most iconic travel destinations, the historic city center, home to renowned landmarks like Piazza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, has seen a decline in its permanent residents. 

At times, the number of visitors has outnumbered locals by more than two to one during the peak tourist season.

In response to these challenges, Venice introduced an admission fee of €5 ($5.50) for short-term visitors starting in April 2024, as a way to generate revenue and manage the crowds. 

Furthermore, UNESCO has expressed concerns about over-tourism and over-development in Venice, highlighting the need for sustainable practices to preserve the city's cultural heritage.

Elisabetta Pesce, Venice's city councilor for security, believes that limiting tour groups to smaller sizes and prohibiting loudspeakers will contribute to more sustainable and respectful tourism in this iconic Italian city.