5-speed listening (Venice - Level 1)

Venice set to charge tourists to enter the city






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Venice is a top tourist destination. Around 20 million visitors a year can visit. This causes problems such as cruise-ship pollution and overcrowding. The city is planning to charge tourists to visit Venice's historical centre from the summer of 2022. An Italian newspaper said this could be as much as $11. There might also be a limit on the number of visitors who can enter the city centre each day. Tourists may need to book their visit before they go.

People have talked for years about the city's problems. Environmentalists worried about damage to marine life. Heritage lovers want to protect the city's squares from tourists. Italy said there is a "concrete risk" of UNESCO adding Venice to its list of World Heritage in Danger sites. However, a hotel worker says Venice needs cruise ships because tourists "spend big". A city worker worries a tourist fee will turn Venice into a "theme park".

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