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93,000 tourists stormed Venice before Ferragosto

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The lagoon city is thus again confronted with the phenomenon of mass tourism as it was in the times before the corona pandemic. A Saturday of sunshine but without the scorching heat of recent weeks drew crowds of tourists to St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge, including 75,000 foreigners, according to data from the municipality’s coordination and surveillance center, which is linked to all the city’s video surveillance cameras are. Restaurants were full, and there was a lot of water traffic on the Grand Canal. There were queues at the docks for the water buses.

Last summer without entrance fee

This will be the last summer without “admission fee” for day tourists, which will be introduced from 2023. Online booking is then planned for all tourists who come to the city from outside the Veneto region but do not want to stay overnight. Depending on the day on which Venice is visited, between three and ten euros have to be paid. If you book far in advance, you should pay less. However, the city administration will not set a daily tourist limit.

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The presence of tourists should also be checked using mobile phones. The aim of the municipality is to regulate the tourist rush. On certain days, over 100,000 tourists flock to the lagoon city. The booking system is to be tested in the next few weeks.

Source: Nachrichten

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