In Venice, new rules have come into effect banning loudspeakers and limiting the size of tourist groups


3. June 2024.

The ban on portable speakers and the long-announced limit on the number of tourists in a tourist group to 25 people came into force on June 1.

The measures were introduced in an attempt to limit the impact of an excessive number of tourists on Venice and its lagoon, according to officials, and reports with the BBC. The historical districts of Venice make it one of the most visited European destinations.

As a reminder, at the last session in 2023, the Municipal Council of Venice accepted the conclusion on the amendment of the Ordinance on Police and Urban Security, which prescribes a limit on the number of members of groups of visitors accompanied by tour guides, companions or other subjects, for a group visit to the historic center of Venice and the Murano islands , Burano and Torcello. 

Earlier this year, the city authorities introduced a day 5 euro ticket for excursionists. Previously, at the beginning of 2021, they banned the docking of huge cruise ships in the city itself. Excessive / unbalanced tourism has long been considered one of the most serious problems of this Italian city. 

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It is known that Venice is among the most visited destinations in the world. With an eye 15 million visitors per year, tourism brings huge revenues to the city.

However, the crowds cause numerous problems for the residents. So it is often almost impossible to pass through the narrow streets around St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge, two of the most popular tourist attractions.

Venice has long lived exodus of the local population which moved out due to fears that tourists could flood the historic city. In this delicate gem with a population of around 50.000, on peak days, up to 80.000 people could be found.

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Mass tourism affects the accelerated degradation of the already fragile infrastructure, prevents residents from carrying out their daily activities, and creates unsatisfactory experience with guests. 

OCIO, a citizens' association that monitors the number of permanent residents in the city, recently updated the data. According to them, the historical district has about 49.000 beds for tourist rental, which is more than the number of accommodations available to the population.

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The changes in tourist rules followed last year because UNESCO experts warned that Venice could end up on to the list of endangered places of world cultural heritage due to the fact that, in addition to the impact of climate change, mass tourism also threatens irreversible changes.

That didn't happen though because it is UNESCO recognized the efforts to solve the problems by installing anti-flood systems and measures that enable less impact of mass tourism on the city and on the lives of the residents.

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The lagoon city has long suffered from mass tourism, but officials say pre-pandemic visitor estimates ranging from 25 million to 30 million visitors a year - including day-trippers - are unreliable and pilot projects also aim to arrive at more accurate numbers to better manage destination.

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3. June 2024.