You arrived at the hotel or apartment for your holidays and hotel reception or host asked you to pay this “strange thing”. What is it?
City or tourist tax is – needless to say – a fee enacted by the Italian Govern and put into practice by the majority of Municipality (i.e. Rome, Venice, Florence, Catania, etc).
The amount is choosen by the Municipality and it’s usually more expensive depending on type of accommodation (1-2-3-4-5 stars hotel, b&b, apartment/flat, camping, “agriturismo” farmhouse, etc.) and high or low season.
Exemptions are choosen by the Municipality too (children, Senior citizens, handicapped people etc.)
What if I don’t want to pay?
You should sign a form with your data and the hotel or host have to disclose your personal information to the Municipality, that could send a fine and ask for payment.
How this tax is used by Municipalities?
To finance measures in tourism as maintenance, the use and recovery of local cultural and environmental heritage and local public services.
Why do I have to pay in cash?Someone asks for cash because in Italy credit card payments have fees to be paid and, as hotels and hosts are just mediator collectors (and many of them don’t agree with tourist tax), they don’t want to pay a fee for a someone else’s fee.