Venice’s Lido beaches made into free public spaces

Giorgio Orsoni, Mayor of Venice, has signed an ordinance ending private colonisation of beaches on Venice’s Lido Littoral Island. Hotels will no longer be able to restrict entry to pass holders for the more exclusive Lido beaches, as reported on 28 June in the Venice newspaper La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre here: Venezia, la … Continue reading

Tourist tax approved by Venice Mayor

Tourist taxes to be levied on people who stay in Venice and nearby were approved by Giorgio Orsoni, Venice Mayor, on Tuesday 7 June 2001. However, the taxes still require final City Council approval and the Minister of Tourism, Michela Brambilla, questioned their legality without central government endorsement. Press reports suggested that the tourist taxes … Continue reading

New Venice hotels on mainland, not in palaces

Another Venetian palace was put up for sale on 31 March 2011. Palazzo Stern is being sold by the Italian Health Authority ASL, as reported by Massimo Scattolin in the newspaper La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre (31 March 2011). This decision followed recent announcements that three other Venetian palaces (Dubois, Bacchini and Corner) would … Continue reading

Tourist tax for Venice?

The Vice-Mayor of Venice, Sandro Simionato, this week advocated the rapid introduction of a tax on tourists to Venice. The tourist tax, which is likely to be known as the ‘Venice ticket’, would initially be added to hotel bills. “The ticket will arrive as soon as possible and will bring the city €24 million a … Continue reading

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