The Tax to Enter Venice. A Messy, Cumbersome, Oppressive Rule

  The Brugnaro administration has presented to the City Council a long-awaited resolution, or “a regulation for the institution of the contributo d’accesso”. The rule is clearly illegal in some aspects, and difficult if not impossible to enforce. By Giuseppe Saccà 20 September 2022 The Brugnaro administration has presented to the City Council a long … More The Tax to Enter Venice. A Messy, Cumbersome, Oppressive Rule

Statement on the Proposed Contributo d’Accesso for Venice

To my readers: This is a statement I submitted to be read at the public assembly about the entry fee (contributo d’accesso) being proposed for Venice, being held today at Rialto. The event is getting underway as I write. I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for your support and readership … More Statement on the Proposed Contributo d’Accesso for Venice

Appeal for a Public Assembly About the Proposed Entrance Fee to Venice

[Ed. Note: I encourage all readers of this site to answer this call to action. This is a major issue and we must speak out too. Let’s add all our names to this letter. Send your name to cflv2016@gmail.com with the heading No Entry Fee to add your voice to this appeal. Share it with … More Appeal for a Public Assembly About the Proposed Entrance Fee to Venice

The Surrender of Venice to a Predatory Tourism Monoculture

Soon we will have a regulation for making money, a Smart Control Room about which we know very little, and no sign of articulated or structured measures for governing the flows of tourists on the horizon. By Sara Arco and Giuseppe Saccà 24 August 2022 Venice is unique, you know. This is why it is … More The Surrender of Venice to a Predatory Tourism Monoculture

The Other Face of Tourism: the De-Population of Venice

“If you’re looking for a home [in Venice], at the agencies they ask: are you a resident? If you say yes, they say: I’m sorry we don’t have anything for residents” By Veronica Calienno 19 July 2022 Venice is the second most visited city in Italy, according to data from ISTAT: every year close to … More The Other Face of Tourism: the De-Population of Venice

Service Employees at Marco Polo Airport Protest

Chaos in the shifts and lack of personnel – Aviation Service employees are set to strike, along with the security staff who plan to strike on 17 July By Marta Artico 25 June 2022 VENEZIA. Airport services ground personnel are set to strike. Another hot Saturday has been announced, full of inconveniences for the passengers, … More Service Employees at Marco Polo Airport Protest

The Nightmare of Taking a Vaporetto

Poor service, overcrowding, insufficient staff. Alberto Cancian, a long-time pilot for the Venetian transportation company ACTV gives an insider’s account of a badly deteriorated situation. By Barbara Marengo 6 June 2022 [Ed. Note: I am publishing this article in the wake of ACTV’s recent announcement that it was increasing fees for tourists from 7.50 euro … More The Nightmare of Taking a Vaporetto

Starting on 16 January 2023 Venice will require an entrance fee.

The program begins on 16 January 2023: those who reserve early will pay less. On some days the prices will go up to discourage arrivals. “Veneto residents are exempt, but only within certain limits” 1 July 2022 VENICE. Starting on 16 January 2023 it will be necessary to pay an entrance fee to visit Venice, … More Starting on 16 January 2023 Venice will require an entrance fee.

Letter from an ex-Venetian: “Love Venice? Then don’t come to Venice.”

“If you are expecting culture and tradition you will find the exact opposite – in fact you’ll feel insulted. But what is worse is that the places where you will sleep, eat and shop have behind them sad stories of families that, in the name of “tourism”, have been exiled from the place where they … More Letter from an ex-Venetian: “Love Venice? Then don’t come to Venice.”

A Tourism Council for a Shared Model of the City

“If the conditions of livability are not optimal, we can create as many university campuses as we want, but the young people will not stay… we require a public policy that is strongly directed at supporting and giving new impetus to living in the city” 24 March 2022 VENICE. “A Tourism Council in Venice, like … More A Tourism Council for a Shared Model of the City