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trevi fountain rome italyIt’s traditional for visitors to Rome to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to guarantee that they will return someday to this most historic of Italian cities. But thanks to a new tax on Roman hotels, museums and other attractions, tourists will have to dig up a lot more than a single extra coin to pay for their next trip to the Eternal City.

As of January 1, 2011, non-residents must pay an additional tax when they stay in a hotel or pay an admission fee in Rome, CNN reports. For hotels, the tax varies based on what type of accommodation you choose. Here’s the breakdown:

Four- or five-star hotel: 3 euros ($3.89) per person, per night
One- to three-star hotels: 2 euros ($2.60) per person, per night
Campsites, bed and breakfasts: 1 euro ($1.30) per person, per night
Admission fees to museums and other attractions: 1 euro ($1.30) per person

Children under the age of 10 are exempt from the tax.

The city expects to rake in about 80 million euros ($103.6 million) a year from the new tax, which will be put toward improving cultural heritage and city infrastructure, according to CNN. But local hoteliers worry that the additional fees could deter potential tourists and business travelers.

Naturally, I’m not a fan of any tax that makes it more expensive to get up and go. But is it worth saying arrivederci to Rome over a few extra euros? Let us know what you think in the comments.

– written by Sarah Schlichter

2 Responses to “Rome Vexes Visitors with New Hotel, Museum Tax”

  1. trisha says:

    The US has a tourist fee just to get into the country. Ever check the hotel taxes in FL and in most of our larger cities? Car rental taxes are another biggie for tourist taxes. And we do not even have the antiquities to preserve. So, no I do not have a problem paying these taxes in Rome or in Venice either where this tax is already in place. If it means maintaining cultural heritage, I am all for it!

  2. Michael Grow says:

    Love Rome.I’m a travel fan!! Cheap and a big adantage to go around Rome as you want is with a car hire. Trains are expensive and taxi even more. Here goes my tip, this company ( Auto Europe ) has a great customer service. Great help for a traveller. http://www.auto-europe.co.uk/go/car-hire/italy/rome/

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