Overtourism in Italy has brought on a new set of rules in Rome & Venice. Recently (last month) in Italy, Rome has banned sitting on the Spanish Steps. It’s such a beautiful attraction, I usually recommend a hotel nearby that’s a short walk for my travelers. There’s so much to see in that one area. The Trevi Fountain is another landmark that has new ordinances, no eating near it but you can still throw coins into it. You can read more about both of these at Skift.
Last week the Italian government announced it’ll be rerouting cruise ships weighing 1000 tons or more away from Venice’s canals. In this article from Cruise Trade News, “…these large cruise ships will dock at Fusina and Lombardia terminals away from the centre of Venice, but still inside the city’s lagoon. By next year, a third of cruise ships will be rerouted.”
Last year the city of Venice decided to implement a ‘day-tripper fee’ which varies between 2.50 euros and 10 euros. There are exemptions for students and locals. Overnight visitors are also exempt, they’re charged a small nightly tax by the hotel. More about this at Skift.
Are you interested in visiting Italy off the beaten path? Call me to talk about what you have in mind…food and wine? Exploring the coastlines, an island hop to Sicily? There’s soooo much to see in this beautiful country and while ancient Roman architecture is probably the biggest attraction, there’s a whole ‘Old World’ that exists too. –Jodi
SeaDream Yacht Club just released a private Mediterranean sale today for select 2016 voyages. The promotion is capacity controlled so book early before space becomes limited. Below are some itineraries from the SeaDream Yacht Club newsletter. Call us to customize your yachting vacation with flights, hotels, and activities.
Monte Carlo to Civitavecchia (Rome)
18 to 24 May 2016
6 days / SeaDream II
Was $3,699pp, Now From $3,199pp
Monte Carlo, St. Tropex (Overnight), Portofino, Portovenere, Marina di Carrara, Porto Ercole, Civitavecchia (Rome)
Promotion Terms: *New bookings only from 03MAR2016 to 29MAR2016 on applicable voyages. Must request Promo Code “PS0316“ at the time of booking. Savings per person off the Book Today & Save Fares displayed on SeaDream.com. “Sale-from” rates are based on YC2 with the sale savings applied. Savings is $500 per person for double occupancy staterooms. Does not apply to third guests. Call for single occupancy fares. Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees are additional per guest. Not combinable with other savings or promotions. Seadream reserves the right to correct errors. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Subject to availability, and may change at any time. Capacity Controlled. Yachts Registry: Bahamas.