Florence and Venice Want a Slice of Rome's New Lucrative Tourist Tax
When the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2011, the capital city of Italy—Rome—rolled out a new policy to "tax" tourists per day they visit the city—even business travelers and Italians from other cities! The tourist tax, which ranges from 2-3 Euro per night, per hotel guest (paid in cash, at check-out) and an extra 1 plopped on top of museum entrance prices, is only just beginning with Rome. Two other Italian cities are looking very deeply into digging further into traveler pockets, and Venice and Florence could very well have their own taxes in place sooner rather than later.
Venice's mayor, Giulio Orsoni, is especially enthralled with the idea of taxing his city's 20-million-plus annual tourists with the aim of helping the city's own finances. It may also dissuade some from making the trip to La Serenissima, which isn't exactly a spoken goal of the tax, but it would help lessen tourist overcrowding a smidgeon.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is also in favor of adding the tax, but to Florence as well. The plan is to bring in a 1 Euro per day, per visitor fee for the cities. There's no expected date for when this could come to be, but we have so many questions already. Like: will there be discounts for frequent visitors? Do tourists staying in hostels and B&Bs have to pay? What about the children?
Rest assured we'll be following this to see what's decided, but we only hope they don't hike it up to the 3 Euro per day that Rome has.
Note: This post originally appeared on Jaunted yesterday, on January 13, but was accidentally deleted. So just reposting it today, thanks.