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Venice to Initiate Day-Tourist Tax

Venice, Italy has achieved approval to begin charging an entry fee of up to about $11.50 USD for each short-stay tourist. The 2019 Italian budget clause will specifically will target day guests from cruise ships. Italy has precedent for a so-called “landing tax” as they already do this on their Aeolian Islands.

It has been the opinion of Venetians for years that mass tourism is an issue for city—with about a hundred cruise ships and about a million passengers a year coming into the city one can see why.

Luigi Brugnaro, Venice Mayor, believes the landing tax will create income needed to help the city maintain its beauty despite heavy tourism. The money would go to basics like keeping the city clean.

Local residents, workers and students will, of course, all be exempt from the tax. Officials say that cruise ship passengers are much easier to identify and that it may be difficult to tax tourists arriving by air or land.

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The World’s Deepest Swimming Pool

The Y-40 Deep Joy pool is now the primary attraction of the spa complex of the Hotel Millepini near Venice, Italy. The Guinness Book of World Records as confirmed Deep Joy as the deepest swimming pool in the world. Architect is Emanuele Boaretto is the proud father of Deep Joy.

Deep Joy isn’t a simple tourist attraction—it houses a shaft that plunges 138 feet deep. That is approximately a 13 story building! The pool is intended to attract serious scuba divers and freedivers who are incredible athletes whose mind boggling breath control allows them to spend minutes underwater at impressive depths for minutes at a time.

Deep Joy also features various caves at intermediate depths intended for technical underwater diving practice. The pool will also offer beginner scuba training and, obviously, expert level training. Additionally the pool will be available for photo shoots and film producers.

The pool requires 1.1 million gallons of water, which is supplied from a local thermal spring offering divers a unique experience to dive with out wet suits that would almost certainly be needed diving in oceans or lakes.

Deep Joy also features an observation tunnel—much like those in many aquariums—for spectators to view the dives.

The pool’s creators hope it will transform Montegrotto Terme into an international diving center and raise the profile of what is said to be Europe’s largest area of thermal springs.

Sources:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/25/travel/deep-swimming-pool/index.html?hpt=tr_t4

Jody Victor