Ah, Venice. The home of winding gondola rides, striking architecture and a picturesque backdrop for any romantic movie. It’s been a tough year for avid travellers and romantics as the COVID-19 pandemic has instituted various travel bans and social distancing.
As the world’s vaccination rollout continues, travel looks to be back on the table, and the Italian city of Venice is bracing itself for an influx of eager tourists. According to Sky News, those looking to indulge their wanderlust and travel to the Italian city will need to book their visit using a mobile app and may be turned away if there are too many bookings.
The limit on the number of visitors allowed to enter the city is yet to be confirmed, but day-trippers will need to come with some extra coin as officials are looking to charge between €3 (R50) and €10 (R170) when entering the city. This will depend on the time of year.
Tourists can also expect to be tracked throughout their stay, as Venice mayor Luigi Brugnaro explains that the aim is to make tourism sustainable and avoid overcrowding within the canal city. A network of CCTV cameras, around 468, with optical sensors and a mobile phone tracking system, will ensure officials can tell the difference between residents and visitors, reports Insider.
The implementation of the app hasn’t been confirmed but it will reportedly come into effect between summer 2022 to 2023.