Venice has announced it will limit walking tour groups to 25 people and ban the use of loudspeakers in its latest move to combat mass tourism.
Groups will also be prohibited from stopping in narrow streets, on bridges or in passages.
The new regulations, which further restrict tourist activities in the crowded city, will come into force in the historic center as well as the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello in June 2024, says a statement published on the city of Venice website .
“Groups cannot exceed 25 people, or half of the passengers on a tourist coach. The use of loudspeakers likely to cause confusion and disruption will also be prohibited,” the statement said.
The resolution must be submitted to the municipal council before being implemented.
Security advisor Elisabetta Pesce described the project as “an important measure aimed at improving group management” as well as “promoting sustainable tourism and guaranteeing the protection and security of the city”.
Venice museums already limit groups to 25 people.
Simone Venturini, the city’s tourism advisor, said the move is part of a broader framework of interventions aimed at improving tourism management in Venice, establishing a better balance between the needs of residents and those of visitors.
The new rules will come into force two months after a trial fare of €5 ($5.40) was introduced for day-trippers in the city.
It also comes after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recommended in July that Venice be added to its list of heritage dangers.
UNESCO called on the Italian government to “show the utmost dedication” to solving the city’s “long-standing problems”.
The popular tourist destination has struggled for years with too many visitors and the effects of climate change.