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Venice To Charge Controversial Entrance Fee To Visit The City

Venice has been steadily enacting more laws targeting the millions of tourists who visit each year, with local residents fed up with visitors overrunning their world-famous canals and streets.

Short-stay tourists will now be charged between two and 10 Euros in peak season in a new 'landing tax' tipped to bring in up to 50 million Euro a year for the popular city.

According to local media, this will replace the existing tourist tax for people who stay overnight in the city, which already brings in up to 30 million Euro a year.

City mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the new law was a very important provision for Venice.

Brugnaro said it "protects those who live, study and work in our territory".

"It will help us to better manage the city, keep it clean, offer avant-garde services to the guests and make the Venetians live more decorously."

According to local media, the tax will be used to finance the cost of cleaning the mess left behind by tourists, and maintaining the historic city.

The Italian government has been urged to act on tourism related problems in Venice, which sees an estimated 30 million visitors annually.

A giant cruiseship arrives in front of Saint-Mark's square in Venice in 2013. Image: Getty

In 2017 the government placed a ban on big cruise ships entering the city's Grand Canal.

This is not the first entrance fee imposed in Italy, as the country takes steps to crack down on tourism.

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The UNESCO World Heritage listed Aeolian Islands also slug tourists up to five Euros for entry.

Last year, Venetian officials also considered introducing a blanket ban on alcohol after nightfall, with residents fed up with drunk tourists in public.

READ MORE: Venice Considering Alcohol Ban To Deal With Drunken Tourists

In September, local authorities in Florence introduced a ban on people pausing in the city centre to eat food in public.

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