Venice Plans to Charge Visitors
For years the Italian city of Venice has been struggling with a few concerns.
Piazza San Marco, also known as Saint Mark's Square, is often flooded. Venice's waterways require repairs. But, by far, the biggest problem is the growing number of visitors to the city.
So city officials have decided to require all visitors to pay a fee to enter Venice. The money will help to pay for cleaning and other services that help to keep the city beautiful.
Overnight tourists already pay a tax that is added to the cost of their hotel stay. The new fee will be required of tourists who come to the city for a few hours or for one day.
Venice's Mayor Luigi Brugnaro explained the decision to international media during a visit to Rome last week.
The mayor said that officials want to defend the city for those who live there. "Venice is a marvel of the world and only in this way" can it be saved, he added.
Brugnaro added that the fee process will be experimental at first. A one-day visit will cost about $7. City officials have yet to decide when the fee collection will begin. The money will be collected by transport companies that bring the tourists to Venice. The city will set up cameras for individuals arriving in private cars. And there will be fines for those who do not pay the fee.
Students, some workers and children under the age of six will not have to pay. Naturally, anyone born or living in Venice is exempt.
In January 2020, the cost of the visitation fee will not be fixed. It will instead be based on how many tourists are visiting Venice on a given day. City fathers hope this will prevent the overcrowding that often comes with large numbers of tourists.
Some people living in Venice say they do not believe the fee plan will work. Lawyer Roberta Pierabon said it will be impossible to collect the money from everyone who visits the city.
Visitors arrive from all sides, she said. She noted that Venice is an island and you reach it on water. She does not believe tourists can be controlled and added that she disapproved of the plan.
Other Venetians like the idea. They say it will make tourism "less aggressive." Michele Tessari often works with tourists on transport.
He said Venetians would like a more sophisticated form of tourism. They want fewer people who come into the city for "eat-and-run" tourism and the entrance fee will help. Tessari says locals no longer want to see tourists eating on the bridges of Venice.
Venetians love their city and know it will never stop appealing to visitors. Venice is so special, they say, that it belongs to the whole of humanity.
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Piazza San Marco广场（圣马可广场）经常遭水淹 。威尼斯的水道需要进行修缮 。但是，目前最大的问题是越来越多的游客涌向这座城市 。
因此，威尼斯市政府决定要求所有游客需付费才能进入该市 。这笔资金将用于环卫和其他服务，帮助维护这座城市的整洁 。
过夜游客已经缴纳了额外的住宿税 。这项新费用将面向短暂停留或一日游的游客 。
市长指出，官员们希望能替当地居民保卫这座城市 。“威尼斯是世界奇迹，只有这样才能永存下去，”他补充道 。
布鲁尼亚罗补充说，这项收费程序首先是实验阶段 。一日游的参观费用约为7美元 。市政府官员尚未决定何时开始收费 。这笔费用将由载游客到威尼斯的运输公司收取 。威尼斯将为通过私家车抵达的游客设置摄像头 。不缴纳费用的游客会被罚款 。
学生、某些工人以及6岁以下儿童无需缴费 。当然，也包括在威尼斯出生或生活的人 。
自2020年1月起，探亲费不再为固定金额 。相反，具体金额将视当日参观威尼斯游客的数量而定 。市政府官员希望能借此防止游客过多带来的拥挤 。
威尼斯的一些居民表示，他们不相信收费方案能奏效 。律师Roberta Pierabon称，想从每一位造访这座城市的游客身上收取这笔钱似乎不大可能 。
她指出，游客来自五湖四海 。她指出，威尼斯是一座岛屿，只要通过水路就能进来 。她不相信游客会“任由摆布”，并补充说，她不赞成这项计划 。
其他威尼斯人赞成这一方案 。他们说，这将使旅游业“不那么来势汹汹” 。米歇尔·特萨里(Michele Tessari)从事交通运输工作，经常跟游客打交道 。
他说，威尼斯人想要复杂一些的旅游模式 。他们希望来这里“边吃边玩”游客能越来越少，而这项“门票费”会有所帮助 。特萨里说，当地人不想再看到游客站在威尼斯桥上吃东西 。
威尼斯人热爱他们的城市，也知道无法阻止游客慕名前来 。他们说，威尼斯十分特别，它是属于全人类的 。