Italy's most beguiling towns and villages

Venice has become the first city in the world to announce an entry fee for tourists

Stars Insider

07/07/22 | StarsInsider


Italy is a land of exceptional beauty. Blessed with an astonishingly varied landscape that encompasses snow-capped mountains, rolling pastureland, crystalline lakes, and a vast salt-laced coastline, Italy really is a land of contrast. Lending the country character is a collection of towns and villages noted for their singular locations and architectural splendor. And they are yours to explore!

However, be wary of the issue of overcrowding. The city of Venice has recently announced that they will be charging an entry fee to tourists starting in 2023 to combat this very problem. The small city is interlaced with canals and narrow streets, beautiful to behold but easily overwhelmed by the millions of tourists that visit each year. Venice is the first city in the world to take this controversial step: “We are pioneers, the first city in the world to apply a measure that could be revolutionary,” said Simone Venturini, the Venice tourism chief. He hopes that the entry fee for tourists will help to offset the over-tourism that has been negatively impacting the city for years. 

Why not visit one of Italy's many other towns and villages instead? Click through and discover the country's most beguiling destinations.

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