For example, there are cities where this applies only to some categories of hotels, while in others only for high season periods. There is no obligation to apply; each city is free to decide whether to make its tourists pay a contribution.
In 2019 there will be over 800 municipalities where this tax will be due; below is a guide with all the relevant information, including the table with the amounts of the tourist tax updated to the new year.
The tourist tax is a tax that must
To date, the tourist tax depends on various factors such as the number of stars and nights spent in the hotel.
Each Municipality can decide independently not only the rate that the tourist has to pay per day but also for how many days it applies. For example, in large cities, it ranges from €3 to €7 in Rome and from €2 to €5 in Milan, while Florence has decided for €5 a day per person down to €1 if you sleep in a farmhouse or bed-and-breakfast.
The fee can
The tourist tax is applicable also to those who have paid their holiday through their tour operator or travel agent in their own country.
They are normally exempt from paying the tourist tax:
- the residents;
- children up to 10 or 14 years;
- the disabled;
- carers of disabled people or those in serious health conditions;
- patients and carers admitted to health facilities;
Where do I pay the tourist tax?In 2011, there were only 13 Municipalities claiming the tourist tax from tourists. Over the years, more and more mayors have taken advantage of this tool, also because it is one of the few taxes that does not impact directly on the citizens' pockets, so much so that in 2019 there will be 840 municipalities that will apply this tax, for tax revenues amounting to around 460 million euros.
In cities, such as in Matera, the tourist tax rates have doubled: €2 for two and three-star hotels and €4 for 4-to-5-star hotels.
But in which cities do you pay the most? Looking at the ranking of Italian cities with the highest tourism tax, we find Rome in the first position, followed by Venice, Florence and Milan.
In the Italian capital, a family comprising a father, a mother and a child over the age of 10, staying in a 3-star hotel for 3 days spends €24, €17.50 in Venice, €14 in Florence, €12 in Milan and Viareggio, €8 in Bologna and €6 in Naples.
In Sicily, the most expensive tourism tax is in Palermo, with a tax of 0.50 cents per night per person in a 1-star hotel and up to €3 a night in the most luxurious facilities.
To give you a more precise idea, here is a table showing the tax amounts (we have selected only a part of the Municipalities where it applies):