How do you pay the tourist tax?
While many visitors are surprised to find themselves asked for extra cash upon arrival when they think they’ve already paid for their room in full, that can be perfectly normal in Italy: guests pay the occupancy tax directly to their accommodation, which is responsible in turn for declaring and paying it to the local authorities.
If you’ve booked directly with your accommodation, they’ll probably just include it in your bill. The same goes for Airbnb, which now collects the tax on behalf of hosts and includes it what you pay when you reserve. But if you’ve booked via a tour operator or third-party booking site, you will have to pay the tax separately to your host before the end of your stay.
However you’re charged, the tax should be transparent. It should be clearly marked on your bill or documented with a receipt upon request if you pay it separately.
And while we’ve heard of guests being told it’s cash only, you’re entitled to pay the tax in cash or by card (though minimum card payments may apply).
Are there any other extra fees for tourists in Italy?
Not exactly. Visitors may find themselves paying slightly more to enter museums and monuments than locals, but that’s just because many sites offer a discount for residents.
Italy’s most overrun city, Venice, has announced it will introduce a “landing fee” aimed at day-trippers who visit the city without staying overnight. Effectively an entry charge, it would range from €2.50-10 depending on the season and apply to all non-residents arriving in the historic centre – though not to visitors who’ve reserved accommodation, who will continue to pay the occupancy tax.
The fee is due to come into effect from January 2020, though many questions remain about how exactly it will be enforced.