Tourists heading to Italy this summer could face new restrictions

A gorgeous region of Italy has chosen to put a cap on the number of tourists able to visit. It has gone even further and also banned any new hotels and Airbnbs opening up, reports claim.

Holiday hotspot Trentino-Alto Adige, an autonomous region of Italy, has decided it's simply too full and is looking to combat over-tourism in the area with new restrictions. It's not the first place to try and solve the issue of too many visitors – Venice has created a city tax to manage the impact of mass tourism.

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Trentino-Alto Adige, in the north of the country up by the gorgeous mountains has introduced a limit on overnight visitors by capping numbers to 2019 levels. That also means that no further hotels, Airbnbs or B&Bs may open in the area unless another one shuts down.

This could keep the number of tourists stable rather than growing or pushing out locals. The region pulled in 34 million visitors in 2022 thanks to its access to the awe-inspiring Dolomite mountains, glacial lakes with bright turquoise water and striking peak views.

Its capital Bolzano and surrounding towns also pull in a huge number of holidaymakers thanks to the plentiful and cheap local wines and beers that are on offer. Of course, being in Italy means that the food is also enticing with the area being renowned for its cheeses, stuffed pasta and dumplings.

The town is also home to Otzi the Iceman, the naturally mummified body of a local man who died around 5,200 years ago who has now immortalised once again in a museum in Bolzano. The unusual display is an incredible find for history buffs.

Other fun things to do include visiting local waterfalls, spitting the Giardini di Castel trauttmansdorff and even skiing and snowboarding. The many pretty towns include gorgeous piazzas and duomos to walk around and sip on delicious drinks in the sunshine.

Unfortunately, the many enticing tourist attractions, stunning hikes and lakes that will leave your jaw dropped means tourism is increasing rapidly. The number of beds for tourists in the area stood at 230,000 in 2019 before rising 10,000 in the following year

The number of Airbnbs in the area has increased 400% over the past five years in a sign of mounting demand from visitors.

Local tourism authorities have said the area has "reached the limit" of what it can handle.

To visit the lake you now need to register in advance – otherwise you'll need to hike to the hotspot. The idea is that this will reduce the risk of traffic jams, not to mention the number of tourists taking selfies.

Access to the nearby Alpe di Siusi – a huge meadow – has also been limited and there are plans to extend the list of restricted areas in the future.

Italy isn't the only nation with areas introducing rules to kerb the affects of tourism. Magaluf, in the Balearic Islands has created a whole host of restrictions to stop anti-social behaviour and nuisance tourism.

The former party town used to offer rooms for £35 a night and cheap drinks and club nights for tourists. But, now happy hours, pub crawls and getting rowdy in public can all incur massive fines and room rates have climbed too.

As well as this, resorts around certain parts of the islands have limited the number of drinks people are allowed – even in an all-inclusive. Guests who book the usually all-you-can-drink deals will only be able to have three alcoholic beverages with lunch and three with dinner.


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