The Italian government approved a budget for 2019, which includes a clause on taxation of sea tourists in the high season, starting in late spring. It is expected that the fee will be from 2.5 to 5 euros (from 2.85 to 5.7 US dollars) per person, but in the summer period it may increase to 10 euros (12 US dollars).Venice. The Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei KamerringiFrancesco Guardi 1760-е, 119.7 × 204.3 cm The introduction potentially coincides with the beginning of the Venice Biennale 2019, which opens in May. Forum representatives have not yet responded to the artnet News publication for a request to comment on the new policy.
William Turner, Grand Canal (Street Scene in Venice), 1837. Huntington Collection, San Marino, California
According to statistics, the historic city with a population of only 50 thousand people annually attracts from 25 to 30 million foreign visitors. Less than a third of them stay in Venice overnight. Tax will be imposed on tourists who come to Venice all year round on sea liners. In 2017, the City on the water received 1.4 million passengers of hundreds of cruise ships. These huge ships harm the fragile and rapidly collapsing ecosystem of the Venetian lagoon.
In addition, since sea tourists sleep and often eat on their liners, they cost the city relatively more expensively than travelers in cars or airplanes, ultimately spending more during their stay in Venice.San Marco Giovanni Antonio Canal Harbor (Canaletto) 1745, 124 × 204 cm. Attempts to limit the scope of tourism are hampered by the fact that this sector is the main livelihood of the city. In September, local residents and environmentalists staged a picket in small boats to protest the passage of a large cruise ship through the harbor of San Marco. In May, Venice also tried to install turnstiles in order to regulate tourist flows and to facilitate the movement of locals through the streets. Opponents of this measure claimed that it turns the city into Disneyland.The regatta on the Grand Canal in honor of Frederick IV, King of Denmark Luke Karlevaris1711, 135.3 × 259.7 cmVenice, view of the Grand CanalBernardo Bellotto1738, 59.7 × 89.5 cmImage of gondolas and sailing boats on the canal in front of Doge’s PalaceEinar Wegener (Lily Elbe)Gondola on the Grand Canal in VenicePierre Auguste Renoir1881, 54 × 65 cmGrand Canal in VenicePol Signac1905, 73.5 × 92.1 cmGrand Canal in VeniceAlbert Marche1936San Marco Square in Venice overlooking the Grand CanalEugene Buden1895, 50.2 × 74.2 cmThe Grand Canal in Venice and the Cathedral of Santa Maria della Salute Claude Monet1908, 73.7 × 92.4 cm. Seven years ago, a tax on overnight travelers was introduced in Venice, which brings in about 30 million euros ($ 35 million) annually. The new duty for landing “daytime” tourists from cruise liners should bring an additional 50 million euros (58 million dollars) to the budget. Art: read us in Telegram and see Instagram on the artnet News materials. Main illustration: John Singer Sargent, “Boats at the Church of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice” (1909); Galouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon