The number of beds available to tourists on Venice’s main island has surpassed the number of year-round residents for the first time, as a Unesco decision on the city’s future on the world heritage site list looms. There are now 49,693 tourist beds across hotels and rented holiday homes, compared with 49,304 inhabitants.

Once the heart of a powerful maritime republic, Venice’s main island has lost more than 120,000 residents since the early 1950s, driven away by myriad issues but mainly a focus on mass tourism that has caused the city’s population to be dwarfed by the thousands of visitors who crowd its squares, bridges and narrow walkways each day.

Visitors to Venice returned in full force this summer after severe flooding in late 2019 and then the pandemic disrupted tourism. An average of 40,000 daytrippers poured into the city on peak days, prompting Venice’s local authority to announce it would enforce a long-mooted entrance ticket from next year.

Venice has finally revealed the details for its entrance fee, making it the first city in the world to charge daytripper visitors. Starting in spring 2024, visitors to the floating city will have to pay 5 euros ($5.40) to enter on peak days if they’re not staying the night.

Tourist claims they ‘didn’t like’ top destination which was like ‘medieval Disneyland’
A tourist has taken to Reddit to complain about one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. They said Prague was ruined due to crowds.

One tourist ‘robinlmorris’ said: “I’ve been to Venice in summer and Kyoto in April, but nothing was as bad as Prague in September. “Wall to wall tourists and all the shops sold cheap tourist crap. The main square was full of bad street performers that had nothing to do with Prague. It felt more like medieval Disneyland than a real city. We didn’t like it all.” According to Euromonitor, tourists outnumber local residents by six to one in Prague, much less than in another top European destination.

A popular tourist attraction in France has been slammed as visitors ‘felt like cattle being herded’
“Versailles was the worst, everyone shuffling through the halls one teeny step at a time in the sweltering heat. God forbid anyone in the line stopped to take pics. Everyone for three miles would be stopped. The crowd legitimately ruined Versailles for me.”

Another tourist said: “I knew it would be busy, but it was a massive bucket list visit for me. There were so many people inside the palace that I could see way more people than the actual rooms and treasures. The Hall of Mirrors had no magic for me due to crowds and we felt like cattle being herded.”

Inside treacherous UK island where ‘idiot’ tourists drive cars into sea and peer in fed-up locals’ homes ‘like a museum’
When The Sun visited Lindisfarne it was awash with tourists, winding their way up the hillside to the 930-year-old priory in the distance like a line of ants. Others throng around the three pubs, quaint coffee bars and gift shops – and also around long-suffering Thelma Dunne’s front door.

An islander born and bred, Thelma, 87, shakes her head wearily as she speaks of the pitfalls of living in a village where tourists massively outnumber the locals. “It’s a bit like living in a museum,” she says. “You’ll be sitting in your living room and a face will appear at the window, peering inside to see what’s there.

“It’s not an exhibit, it’s me sitting in my house, but a lot of visitors seem to have the view that everything here is public because it’s historic. “I get a bit fed up, to be honest, of all the finger smudges on my windows and people resting against the house to have their sandwiches. “They even took the wooden trellis from behind my roses on the side of the house – what would they want with that?”


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