Tourist Tax in Venice – Contributo di Soggiorno a Venezia

From August 24th, 2011, the Comune of Venice will also impose a tourist tax on all non-residents staying in the city. As the third city in Italy to add this “tourist tax” (following after Rome and Venice earlier this year), Venice has a slightly different spin on it: they are promoting it as a way to become an individual “sponsor” of such a great city. As with Rome and Venice, the tax is to be collected wherever you are being accommodated. A look at all the variations of the price to be paid shows that Venice surely wins the Most Confusing Award.

Here’s what you need to know:

• Limit to 5 nights – in other words, if you’re staying for more than 5 nights consecutively, you only pay the tax on the first 5 nights.
• Amount varies based on 3 factors: season (high or low), location (Murano, Venice, mainland, etc.), and category (whether it’s a campground, hostel, hotel, guesthouse, etc.)
• Under 10 years old – not applicable
• From 10 – 16 years old – 1/2 price
• Tour guides of groups of 25 or more or bus drivers are excluded
• hostels exempt

Seasonality:
High Season
- January, 1 and from the following Sunday to January, 6.
- Carnevale
- From Wednesday before Easter to the following Tuesday
- From April, 1 to October 31
- The week of December 8
- From December 23 to 31

Prices by Category – High Season
5 star hotel €5 (Venice) €4,50 (Venice Lido and Islands) €3 (mainland)
4 star hotel €4 (Venice) €2,80 (Venice Lido and Islands) €2,40 (mainland)
3 star hotel €3 (Venice) €2,10 (Venice Lido and Islands) €1,80 (mainland)
2 star hotel €2 (Venice) €1,40 (Venice Lido and Islands) €1,20 (mainland)
1 star hotel €1 (Venice) €,70 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,60 (mainland)
Historic Residence €4 (Venice) €2,80 (Venice Lido and Islands) €2,40 (mainland)
Guesthouse 1° €2,50 (Venice) €1,75 (Venice Lido and Islands) €1,50 (mainland)
Guesthouse 2° €2 (Venice) €1,40 (Venice Lido and Islands) €1,20 (mainland)
Guesthouse 3° €1,50 (Venice) €1,05 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,90 (mainland)
Bed & Breakfast €3 (Venice) €2,10 (Venice Lido and Islands) €1,80 (mainland)
Vacation Rental Apartment €2 (Venice) €1,40 (Venice Lido and Islands) €1,20 (mainland)
4 star Campground €,40 (Venice) €,28 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,24 (mainland)
3 star Campground €,30 (Venice) €,21 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,18 (mainland)
2 star Campground €,20 (Venice) €,14 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,12 (mainland)
1 star Campground €,10 (Venice) €,07 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,06 (mainland)

Prices by Category – Low Season
5 star hotel €2,5 (Venice) €2,25 (Venice Lido and Islands) €1,50 (mainland)
4 star hotel €2 (Venice) €1,40 (Venice Lido and Islands) €1,20 (mainland)
3 star hotel €1,5 (Venice) €1,05 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,90 (mainland)
2 star hotel €1 (Venice) €,70 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,60 (mainland)
1 star hotel €,50 (Venice) €,35 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,30 (mainland)
Historic Residence €2 (Venice) €1,40 (Venice Lido and Islands) €1,20 (mainland)
Guesthouse 1° €1,25 (Venice) €,87 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,75 (mainland)
Guesthouse 2° €1 (Venice) €,70 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,60 (mainland)
Guesthouse 3° €,75 (Venice) €,52 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,45 (mainland)
Bed & Breakfast €1,50 (Venice) €1,05 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,90 (mainland)
Vacation Rental Apartment €1 (Venice) €,70 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,60 (mainland)
4 star Campground €,20 (Venice) €,14 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,12 (mainland)
3 star Campground €,15 (Venice) €,10 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,09 (mainland)
2 star Campground €,10 (Venice) €,07 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,06 (mainland)
1 star Campground €,05 (Venice) €,03 (Venice Lido and Islands) €,03 (mainland)

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For more information, or for the rates on motels and tourist villages (which I’ve purposely excluded because, frankly, it’s already complicated enough), check the official pdf available through the Comune di Venezia.

by Steven Brenner

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