Venice Planning Tourist Tax

Posted Oct 18th 2010 10:09 AMUpdated Oct 18th 2010 10:16 AM


Venice already has advertising plastered on sights including the Bridge of Sighs, in a controversial attempt to pay for restorations. And now the Italian government is considering a tax on tourists arriving by plane, train and ship.

With its crumbling canal-side palaces, churches and monuments, Venice gets some 20 million tourists a year, but the visitors don't provide enough revenue for repairs, officials say.

The Italian government has a draft plan that would allow Venetian authorities to charge a tariff. No amount has been set – but a previous proposal suggested one euro (about $1.39) for arriving cruise passengers.

Proponents of the plan include Italy's minister for public administration and innovation, himself a Venetian. The city's mayor is also backing the concept.

But some have argued in the past that such a tariff would make Venice seem like a theme park.

The tariff would apply to those flying into Marco Polo airport, arriving by train or disembarking from cruise ships – Venice has become an increasingly popular cruise port.

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I remember when Clinton became president. All the "free" tourist sights started charging a fee or a sharp increase in existing ones. The problem was you didn't find this out until after you drove long miles to get to where you were going. Just as you approach a entrance, there's a government employee with their hand held out to collect a fee.

They've gotten tricky with this fee scheme too. They've closed the roads you could see a scenic mountain or canyon from and rerouted them through the forests where the view is blocked. Then you come up to a clearing and have to pay to park in order to view. Mt. St. Helen isa classic example. All the formerly free viewing pullouts are being closed off with concrete barriers and high walls. In some places, cameras are banned but you can buy all the "professionally" produced photos you want.

They've been trying to figure out a way to block out Mount Rushmore for years but there are still some "free" viewing areas that would be too costly to block. A private firm manages the parking concession there. These jobs are the kind the government created to lower unemployment statistics. So when you get a president or congressman that boasts about "more jobs", this is what they are talking about. A government funded parking concession contract and a taxpayer subsidized parking enforcer.

October 19 2010 at 1:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

$1.39? Those who can afford such extravagance ought to have no problem shelling out 10-20 bucks for the restoration effort. A higher tax would weed out the riffraff that doesn't appreciate what Venice has to offer!

Here in the USA, it might not be a bad Idea to add a tax to tourists visiting Washington DC. That place is in dire need of fixing up. What you see in the photos is NOT what you see here! The monuments are filthy and unkept. I figure adding a 2-5 % tax to food and entertainment ought to do it. Better do it while the tax and spend people are in charge and that is likely to end soon!

October 19 2010 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You are a pin head. Only a small minded progressive finds bringing political arguements into this discussion OK. Try & keep your bitterness to yourself.

October 19 2010 at 10:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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All taxes are not bad. Venice charging $1.39 to help save the city from sinking is similar to you paying taxes here in the USA to build and repair roads and bridges. You do use them don't you? Are you against those taxes? It's called "infrastructure." Also, by using "pinhead" you reveal yourself to be incapable of original thought, by mindlessly "dittoing" Bill O'Reilly. Even O'Reilly would be in favor of this Venice tax and gladly pay it to visit Venice and help preserve it. Progressives believe in progress. Don't you? Not all taxes are bad.

October 19 2010 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
trisha willsey

The US has a "tourist fee:" in place in the amount of $14.00 for folks coming from 36 countries. I cannot begin to imagine anyone traveling to another county be unwilling to pay what this country asks others to pay. Europe and the rest of the world has more to offer in history and architecture than the US will ever have. I would be very happy to pay the "tourist fee" for any city or country I visited outside the US.

October 19 2010 at 9:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hi Todd

Don't travel to Venice, stay home in America, spend the money here instead!

October 19 2010 at 4:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Clearly, they don't want tourism anymore, so we should accommodate them. There are so many beautiful places around the world, where the people of those countries would love to have the money that tourism brings, that one would have to be an idiot to pay Venice an insulting tourist tax.

October 19 2010 at 2:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert J Aguilar

To complain about a small tax is crazy, in our great Country some cities charge a fee to put out the fire in your house,if not the old adobe will burn to the ground, also some towns and cities will charge a fee if you go to another estate and have a car accident whether is your fult or not if the Fire Dept. shows up you have to pay from $100.00- 500.00 fee. It is cheaper to go to Venice.

October 19 2010 at 2:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with the posters that have no problem with the tax.

I'd be happy to pony up a couple extra bucks to make sure Venice maintained it's charm and beauty.

October 19 2010 at 1:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oops, I had no idea the tax was so little. I tend to think in terms of U. S. taxes. And, for your information, I tend to tip approximately 25% of my bill!

October 19 2010 at 1:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

just about every majorcity in the USA has a tax on tourist ,they call it hotel tax , what is the difference .

October 19 2010 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply