Starting from April 25, 2024, access to Venice will be by reservation and subject to a fee (for some categories): here is everything you need to know.

Starting from April 25, 2024, access to Venice will require a fee? Useful news about the access contribution can be found in this post.

For years, the city of Venice has been dealing with a significant problem related to excessive tourism. Even before 2020, the year of COVID, the Municipality of Venice had considered a project to curb this phenomenon but without much success. A significant issue, in particular, is related to the method of collection. Initially, it was hypothesized that collection would be the responsibility of transport carriers (e.g., trains), but upon review, it was shown to be impossible to proceed in this manner.

Venezia a pagamento? Notizie utili sul contributo d'accesso

Venice is not the first location to create a paid access system: the peculiarity lies in the fact that it’s not about reserving access to an archaeological site (e.g., Machu Picchu) but about booking access to a city made up of residents and commercial, cultural, educational, and even hospital activities. This obviously does not simplify things, especially as it creates a long list of exceptions for the payment of the access contribution, which is not easy to navigate.

Therefore, the Municipality of Venice has decided to take matters into its own hands: those who want to come to Venice will have to directly reserve their entrance, pay for it, and, as a consequence, receive a QR code to show at the time of any checks.

Very important information: not all days require a reservation and payment. These are the dates on which it is scheduled.

April 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30, 2024,

May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 2024

June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30, 2024

July 6, 7, 13, and 14, 2024.

Access to the city requires payment from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. Outside of these hours, no reservation is required and, consequently, no payment.

How much do you pay to enter Venice?

In 2024, the expected fee is €5 per person. In the future, it seems the plan is to charge a fee that increases depending on the number of people booked and on different categories of days. For now, the fee is set at €5.00.

Who needs to reserve access to Venice?

When it comes to reservations, everyone must make one, except for those who reside or were born in the Municipality of Venice. In case of a check, these individuals will simply need to show an ID with their updated residential address.

If you plan to stay in a hotel/apartment within the Municipality of Venice, you must still reserve access, but you will be exempt from payment. In this case, contact the facility where you are staying for information about the code you need to enter at the time of reservation.

Many exemptions are anticipated, and further clarifications regarding special cases will be provided in the coming days/months.

To see all the exemptions, I recommend visiting this page where you can find all the anticipated scenarios. Be aware that in some cases (for example, if I reside in Venice and want to invite someone to my home), I must access the platform with an SPID, CIE, or CNS, acquire an anonymous ticket to send to the acquaintance. The acquaintance, once they have received the ticket, must access the system to validate the ticket.

Venezia a pagamento? Notizie utili sul contributo d'accesso

Where to book access to Venice?

Reservations should be made on the portal https://cda.ve.it/en/. It seems that in the Piazzale Roma area and at the Santa Lucia Station, stations will be activated through which it will be possible to make reservations and pay for access.

Once the reservation is made and paid for, a QR code will be issued to show in case of checks.

Is there a limit to the number of expected accesses?

For 2024, there is no limit to the number of expected accesses. Therefore, it will be possible to book even at the last minute on the same day you decide to arrive in the city.

What happens if I don’t pay?

The municipal administration may use the tools provided by the regulations for the recovery of evasion and avoidance, and in particular, carry out checks, inspections, and surveys through personnel authorized for this purpose at the main access points of the City. The administrative penalty ranges from 50 to 300 euros (+10 euros for the access contribution).

 

Si paga per entrare a Venezia? Notizie utili sul contributo d'accesso

What will be the consequences of the paid access on tourism?

It’s difficult at this stage, before the project’s launch, to understand what consequences the measure will have. Will the ticket succeed in preventing the mass arrival of daily visitors on days when the highest influx is expected? Or will the fee of €5.00 not deter those who have decided to come to the city on that particular day? What is certain is that on many weekends, Venice is overrun by groups of young people, especially from the Veneto region, who come to the city to drink without having to drive. Unfortunately, the tax will not be able to prevent this because for Venetians, only the reservation is required (but they are not obliged to pay), and in any case, after 4 PM, no reservation will be necessary.

At the moment, I am quite skeptical about the real utility of such a measure: for many who come to Venice for cultural reasons related to their work, it will be a complication that may lead to deciding to move events to the mainland or other cities.

And you? Do you have doubts about this measure? What do you think?

In any case, for me, the golden rule that I’ve laid out in this post always applie: Siate gentili con i Veneziani!