If you appreciate good food, captivating history and stunning architecture, you may well be drawn to Venice. A lot of people are. In fact, roughly 20 million people a year travel to the Italian city for a glimpse of its famous squares and canals.

But a glimpse is often all they get, as they battle for space and selfies with tens of thousands of fellow visitors. So, starting next year, many of them – specifically the day-trippers, who make up about 80% of Venice’s tourists – will have to pay a fee to get in.

It’s the latest move to try to reduce the impact of human traffic on the city’s fragile infrastructure and frustrated residents. Tourism expert Sameer Hosany is among many who will be watching the controversial scheme unfold, but he suggests that a more nuanced and targeted approach may be required.

Luke Salkeld

Commissioning Editor, The Conversation U.K.

An entry fee may not be enough to save Venice from 20 million tourists

Sameer Hosany, Royal Holloway University of London

The lagoon city needs to stem the flow of visitors.

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