‘An excess of tourism’: Lake Como to introduce daytripper fee to curb visitor numbers

Apr 22, 2024 847

BY: Rebecca Ann Hughes

Lake Como is glitzy, glamorous and engulfed by tourism. The third largest lake in Italy, it sees as many as 1.4 million visitors a year descend on its shores. The tourist numbers are proving overwhelming for the holiday hotspot in northern Italy, and one city is now considering introducing a tourist tax. Mayor of the lakeside city of Como Alessandro Rapinese says he is mulling a Venice-style daily charge with suggestions that it could come into force soon.

Rapinese has lambasted Lake Como’s overtourism saying it is "difficult to be mayor when you are fighting tourism". “We are already discussing the idea [of a tourist tax]. Revolutions begin with concrete measures and we are ready for this long journey," he told UK newspaper The Times.

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SOURCE: https://www.euronews.com

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