Two years ago, Venice imposed a ban on massive cruise ships, from which thousands of day-trippers emerge daily, rerouting them to a more distant industrial port. Image: Photography Marco Bertorello / AFP
Venice will trial a long-debated ticketing system from spring next year, officials said Tuesday, with day-trippers charged five euros to enter the Italian city's historic centre in attempt to cut tourist numbers.
"The objective is to discourage daily tourism in certain periods, in line with the fragility and uniqueness of the city," it said.
With the new system, Venice will become a "trailblazer on the global level", added Simone Venturini, the city's council member for tourism.
He said it was not about making money -- with the proposed five-euro fee only covering costs -- but finding a "new balance between the rights of those who live, study or work in Venice, and those who visit the city".
Venice authorities have for years sought to ease the pressure of the vast numbers of tourists who flock to see sights including the Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Square.
The ticketing plan has been repeatedly postponed over concerns it will seriously dent tourist revenue and compromise freedom of movement.
Two years ago, the city imposed a ban on massive cruise ships, from which thousands of day-trippers emerge daily, rerouting them to a more distant industrial port.
The aim was also to reduce damage from the large waves caused by the ships, which are eroding Venice's foundations and harming the lagoon's fragile ecosystem.