Venice (Italy) New Hotel Tax Breakdown

Venice (Italy) New Hotel Tax Breakdown

As from August, 27th 2011 the city of Venice has applied the special tourist taxes. Like the taxes in Rome and Florence, the hotel tax in Venice is also partly based on how many stars a hotel has (more stars means a higher per-night tax). In Venice, however, there are added complexities to how much you’ll pay per night. The factors that go into how much the per-night tax in Venice will be are:

•  Location of hotel – The highest tax rate is reserved for the historic center of Venice (including the Giudecca). A slightly lower rate is applied to the Lido and the lagoon islands (such as Murano, Burano, and Torcello), and a lower rate still is applied to the mainland.
• “Rating” of hotel – This refers to how many stars the accommodation has. There are star-ratings for hotels and campsites, and vacation rentals are broken into 3 levels they simply call “categories”.
•   Dates of your stay – The “high season” tax costs more per-night than the “low season” tax.

It’s kind of confusing, so hopefully this chart will help you figure out what you’ll pay per person/per night for the various accommodation options in Venice. Be sure to read the additional information below the chart, too.

Accommodation Type & Season

Venice Historic Center

Lido & Islands

Mainland

Hotels (high season)

€5 (5 stars)
€4 (4 stars)
€3 (3 stars)
€2 (2 stars)
€1 (1 star)

€4.50 (5 stars)
€2.80 (4 stars)
€2.10 (3 stars)
€1.40 (2 stars)
€0.70 (1 star)

€3 (5 stars)
€2.40 (4 stars)
€1.80 (3 stars)
€1.20 (2 stars)
€0.60 (1 star)

Hotels (low season)

€2.50 (5 stars)
€2.00 (4 stars)
€1.50 (3 stars)
€1.00 (2 stars)
€0.50 (1 star)

€2.25 (5 stars)
€1.40 (4 stars)
€1.05 (3 stars)
€0.70 (2 stars)
€0.35 (1 star)

€1.50 (5 stars)
€1.20 (4 stars)
€0.90 (3 stars)
€0.60 (2 stars)
€0.30 (1 star)

Residence (high season)

€2.50 (1st cat.)
€2.00 (2nd cat.)
€1.50 (3rd cat.)

€2.25 (1st cat.)
€1.40 (2nd cat.)
€1.05 (3rd cat.)

€1.50 (1st cat.)
€1.20 (2nd cat.)
€0.90 (3rd cat.)

Residence (low season)

€1.25 (1st cat.)
€1.00 (2nd cat.)
€0.75 (3rd cat.)

€1.13 (1st cat.)
€0.70 (2nd cat.)
€0.53 (3rd cat.)

€0.75 (1st cat.)
€0.60 (2nd cat.)
€0.45 (3rd cat.)

Important notes regarding the table above:
•    High season dates – The “high season”, as defined by Venice’s city council in relation to this tax, is as follows:
– January 1 through the first Sunday of the year that follows January 6
– The duration of “Carnevale”
– The period between the Wednesday before Easter through the Tuesday after Easter
– April 1 through October 31
– The week that includes December 8
– December 23-31
Anything outside these dates is classified as “low season”. If you aren’t sure, ask the hotel you’re considering.
•    Per person and per night – The rates listed above are on a per person/per night basis. Children under the age of 10 are exempt from the per night tax, and children aged 11-16 are charged half of the rates listed above.
•    5 days maximum – If your visit to Venice is longer than 5 consecutive days, you will only be charged this per person/per night tax through 5 nights.
•    Hostels – Hostels are exempt from this tax.
•    Venice residents – Venice residents are exempt from this tax.
•    “Residences” – Properties that are essentially residential hotels are called “residence” in Italian; they have many of the services of hotels, but people tend to stay in them for much longer periods – like you might in an apartment rental (but they’re often much cheaper than apartment rentals).

The local hotels have printed fliers in nine different languages with which they inform the guests the purpose of this tax, which is no other but to maintain all the monuments and historical buildings of the city.

By the way here’s the policy of taxes of the other two cities of Italy that got similar but less complicated charges.

Rome Hotel New Tourist Tax

•    4-star & 5-star hotels – €3 per person per night
•    1-star, 2-star, & 3-star hotels – €2 per person per night
•    B&Bs/apartment rentals – €2 per person per night
•    Campsites – €1 per person per night
•    Hostels* – €0

A few important notes about the Rome hotel tax:
•    As noted, it’s per person per night – so this tax would, for instance, add €18 to a 3-night hotel stay in a 4-star hotel for two people.
•    There is a maximum number of days visitors can be taxed. For campsites, it’s a maximum of 5 days, and for all other accommodation options listed above it’s a maximum of 10 days.
•    Children under the age of two are exempt.
•    This new tax is in addition to the 10% Value Added Tax (VAT) already included on hotels and other accommodation throughout Italy.

Florance Hotel New Tourist Tax

Generally speaking, the tax amounts to €1 per person per night and per hotel star – but here’s a more detailed breakdown of what you’ll pay per person/per night for the various accommodation options in Florence:
•    Hotels
5-star – €5
4-star – €4
3-star – €3
2-star – €2
1-star – €1
•    Hostels – €1
•    Apartment Rentals – €1-4 (depending on the legal designation of the property – ask how much the per-night tax is when you’re booking; explained a bit more below)
•    Agriturismo*
3-spiga – €3
2-spiga – €2
1-spiga – €1
•    Residence**
4-key – €4
3-key – €3
2-key – €2

* Agriturismo properties are given “spiga” designations rather than “star” designations; there are 1-3 spighe available. The word spiga in this case means a stalk of wheat, which is the symbol of agriturismi.
** Properties that are essentially residential hotels are called “residence” in Italian; they have many of the services of hotels, but people tend to stay in them for much longer periods – like you might in an apartment rental (but they’re often much cheaper than apartment rentals). These are given “key” designations – chiave in Italian – rather than “stars”.

A few important notes about the Florence hotel tax:
•    As noted, the tax is per person per night – so the tax would, for instance, mean that a couple staying for 4 nights in a 3-star hotel would pay an additional €24 in tax.
•    This tax is in addition to the 10% Value Added Tax (VAT) already included on hotels and other accommodation in Italy.
•    The maximum number of days visitors can be taxed is 10 – stays longer than 10 days won’t incur taxes after the 10th day.
•    The following groups are exempt from this tax:
– Children under the age of 10
– People assisting a medical patient who is admitted to a health facility in the area (including up to two parents of an underage patient)

IMPORTANT: All this taxes are payable locally at the hotel on the day of arrival.

 
 

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