Venice bans megaphones and groups of more than 25 people

Venice bans megaphones and groups of more than 25 people

After vetoing cruise ships, implementing control sensors and proposing payment to enter the city, it puts the focus on guided groups

Venice (Italy) maintains its particular fight against mass tourism. After banning cruise ships from accessing the lagoon, implementing cameras, optical sensors and cell phone tracking systems to control flows and proposing payment for entering the city - proposed on numerous occasions and scheduled for April 25, 2024 - it is now putting the spotlight on tour guides.

The city government has decided to limit the size of guided groups to a maximum of 25 people. It will also prevent professionals from using megaphones to give their explanations. The occupation of narrow streets, bridges or passageways will also be sanctioned.

The measure, which will come into force on June 1, 2024, will affect the historic center and the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. With it, they explain in a statement, they intend to improve the tourist experience for visitors, give respite to residents and preserve the destination.

"It is a provision that is part of a broader framework of interventions aimed at improving and better managing tourism in Venice, thus ensuring a better balance between the needs of those who live in the city, either as residents or as workers, and those who come to visit," said Simone Venturini, Venice's councilor for tourism.

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