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Tourists to pay surcharge on Rome hotels PDF Print E-mail
Jan 20, 2011 at 04:31 PM

Image As of January 1, tourists visiting Rome, foreign or Italian, are required to pay a surcharge on their hotel or bed and breakfast stays. The idea behind the new tax, which other Italian cities may soon be imitating, is to provide additional funds for city repairs and sanitation. But it is bound to make to make family travel a bit more onerous and, some tour operators say, could make Rome less competitive than some other European major cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. Add this to a recent hike in the tickets to state museums, and bargain-hunting is becoming increasingly difficult.

According to calculations by the Rome municipality, the surcharge - or the "contribution", as they prefer to call it - should bring between 70 and 80 million euros into city coffers, with 95% going to current expenditures and the rest to investment in tourism promotion.

Some 10 million tourists visit Rome every year, equal to number of tourists visiting Florence and Venice together. Last year was a banner year for Roman tourism - the best since 2007.

At the moment the tax (sorry, the contribution) amounts to:

three euros per night per person in three-star, four-star and five-star hotels.
two euros per person per night in smaller hotels and
one euro per person per night in camping structures.
Children under ten do not pay


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