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Starting from April 25, 2024, visitors flocking to the iconic city of Venice will need to dig deeper into their pockets. The Municipality of Venice has implemented a new access fee, marking certain dates in the calendar as payable for entry into the ancient city, Wego reports.

The fee, set at EUR 5 per day, aims to manage the influx of tourists and preserve the unique cultural heritage of Venice. However, not all days will require payment. The fee is applicable on specific dates throughout the months of April, May, June, and July of 2024, totaling 32 days. These dates include April 25 to 30, May 1 to 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, and July 6, 7, 13, and 14.

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Exceptions to the fee include residents of the Municipality of Venice, individuals born in the Municipality of Venice, minors under the age of 14, holders of the European Disability Card and their companions, and members of the Armed Forces and Police, who can present their service card for exemption.

Visitors must register and obtain an appropriate exemption voucher to benefit from the exemption. Residents and those born in the Municipality of Venice are exempt from this registration process, needing only to present a document certifying their status. Minors can prove their exemption by presenting an identity document if their age is not apparent.

Additionally, the fee is not applicable to travelers passing through specific areas, such as Piazzale Roma, Tronchetto, or Stazione Marittima, without entering the Ancient City. It also does not apply to those needing to access the San Giobbe landing stage while traveling from Piazzale Roma to Santa Lucia Station via Platform 1. Furthermore, the minor islands of the Venice Lagoon are exempt from the fee altogether.

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This move comes as part of the municipality’s efforts to balance tourism with the preservation of Venice’s delicate ecosystem and cultural heritage. Authorities aim to ensure a sustainable future for one of the world’s most beloved destinations by regulating access and managing visitor numbers.