UK tourists in Venice hit by new rules as city limits number of people you can travel with

Venice has introduced new rules that ban loudspeakers and limit tour group sizes to 25 people in an effort to curb the impact of over-tourism on the city. The historic canals of Venice make it one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations.

Earlier this year, a daily entry fee of €5 (£4) was implemented, following a ban on cruise ships docking in the quarter in 2021. Over-tourism is considered a pressing issue for Venice, which has a population of around 250,000 but welcomed more than 13 million visitors in 2019.

Although visitor numbers have dropped since then, they are predicted to surpass pre-pandemic levels in the near future. Local residents have been leaving Venice due to concerns about the city being overrun by tourists.

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According to Ocio, a citizen's association monitoring housing in the city, there are approximately 49,000 beds available for tourists to rent in the historic quarter - outnumbering those available for residents. These changes to tourism regulations were implemented after Unesco experts warned last year that Venice could be added to a list of world heritage sites at risk due to the effects of climate change and mass tourism.

However, the UN cultural body did not add Venice to the list, acknowledging efforts to address the island's issues through an anti-flooding system and measures to mitigate the impact of mass tourism.