Venice’s tourist groups to have a max. of 25 people from June 2024

people gathering in a city during daytime

In an effort to preserve the charm and tranquillity of the iconic canal city, Venice has recently announced new restrictions on the size of tourist groups. Starting from June, the city will limit groups to 25 people, approximately half the capacity of a standard tourist bus. In addition, the use of loudspeakers, which can often lead to confusion and disturbances, will be prohibited.

Elisabetta Pesce, the city official responsible for security, stated that these policies aim to enhance the movement of groups through Venice’s historic centre and the popular islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. The goal is to ensure a more enjoyable and less crowded experience for visitors, while also preserving the city’s unique character and heritage.

Venice had previously unveiled plans to introduce a new day-tripper fee this year. This fee, set at

5 EURcurrently £4.50
per person, will be implemented on 29 peak days between April and mid-July, including most weekends. The intention behind this fee is to manage crowd sizes, promote longer stays, and ultimately improve the quality of life for the residents of Venice.

The United Nations cultural agency, UNESCO, has twice considered placing Venice on its list of endangered heritage sites, primarily due to the impact of tourism on the delicate lagoon city. However, Venice managed to avoid this designation first by restricting the arrival of large cruise ships through the Giudecca Canal, and then again in September when it announced the implementation of the day-tripper charge. This charge had been postponed due to the decline in tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures underscore Venice’s commitment to balancing the needs of tourism with the preservation of its rich cultural heritage.

Why does Venice suffer from tourism in recent years?

Venice, a city celebrated for its unparalleled allure and historical importance, has been wrestling with the challenges posed by mass tourism in recent years. Originally designed to cater to a smaller populace, the city’s infrastructure is now strained under the weight of an ever-growing influx of tourists, projected to reach a staggering 38 million by 2025.

The surge in tourism has put a significant strain on local resources and services. The escalating cost of living, soaring housing prices, and the transformation of traditional shops into tourist-centric souvenir stores have all contributed to a decline in the quality of life for the city’s residents. This has led to a dramatic decrease in the local population, dwindling from 175,000 in 1951 to a mere 50,000 in 2022.

Adding to the city’s woes is the threat to its fragile lagoon ecosystem, endangered by the sheer volume of visitors and the docking of colossal cruise ships. In a bid to mitigate this, the city has implemented measures to restrict the arrival of large cruise ships through the Giudecca Canal.

While tourism undeniably brings economic advantages, Venice is striving to strike a balance between preserving its rich cultural heritage and catering to the needs of tourists. Efforts are underway to manage crowd sizes, promote longer stays, and enhance the quality of life for the residents of Venice.


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