Visitors to the historic city of Rome are set to be hit by a new tax on tourism in the New Year as the local municipality wages a new levy on hotel stays.
From January 1st all visitors to the city are now expected to pay a per-person per-night tax on the first ten nights of their stay in Rome.
Guests staying in hotels ranked between one and three stars will be asked to contribute €2 per night, while those in four or five star accommodation will be expected to pay €3 per night.
The tax will be collected at the end of a visitors’ stay in the city.
Funds generates will be used to financially assist city authorities in efforts to organise urban services.
Authorities hope to ensure the standard of the tourists’ stay is both highly efficient and of the best quality.
Freedom on the City
Visitors to youth hostels will be exempt from the charge. However, those staying on campsites inside the city boundaries will be charged €1 for a maximum of five days.
Bed & Breakfast accommodation and farm inns will be charged at the lower €2 for a maximum of ten days.
The fee is also asked of anyone who has booked or paid for the trip through a travel agency or tour operator and therefore pays by presenting a voucher at the reception desk.
Also in Europe today, World Mobi launched its new city guide to Rome.
World Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the World Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.
Rome.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.
World.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.