Have you ever heard of the Italian tourist tax? It’s a special fee you need to pay upon arrival to your hotel or home rental in Italy. What is it and how much do you have to pay? Find out the different fees for each city.
If you’re planning a trip to Italy and trying to keep within a budget, the last thing you want to find out are that you have unexpected fees once you arrive at your hotel. So be sure you know about the tourist tax in Italy and how much you can expect to pay in each destination.
The Italian tourist tax, also known as “imposta di soggiorno” or “tassa di soggiorno,” is a local tax imposed on visitors who stay in accommodation establishments such as hotels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, and vacation rentals in Italy. The tax is intended to generate revenue for the local municipalities and support tourism-related services and infrastructure.
The specific details of the Italy tourist tax, including the rates and collection methods, can vary between different cities and regions in Italy. The tax is typically calculated based on the duration of the stay, the type of accommodations, and sometimes the star rating of the hotel or the location within the city.
The tax is usually paid directly by the guests upon check-in or check-out, and it is in addition to the accommodation fees. The hotel or accommodation provider is responsible for collecting the tax and remitting it to the local authorities.
It’s important to note that the tourist tax rates and regulations can change over time, so you should check with the specific city or region you plan to visit to get the most up-to-date information on the tourist tax requirements.
Each Municipality will decide independently the rate that the tourist has to pay per day and also for how many days it is necessary to pay. For example, in some large cities, it ranges between €3 to €7 in Rome and between €2 to €5 in Milan, and in Florence between €1 and €5 a day per person per night.
It’s normal to pay this fee independently of the booking platform that you paid with, so don’t be taken aback if you’re asked to pay this upon arrival. You used to have to pay this in cash, but you can usually pay with a card now.
Who has to pay the Italian Tourist Tax?
Anyone visiting that city and staying overnight in a hotel or home rental. Even Italians need to pay the city tax if they are not residents.
Here are people that are exempt from paying the tourist tax:
- children up to 10 or 14 years
- disabled guests
- caretakers of disabled guests
How much tourist tax can I expect to pay at each destination?
As I mentioned above, the amount of Italian tourist taxes you’ll pay depends on your location and your hotel. Keep in mind that Airbnbs will also need to collect these fees.
Disclaimer: This information is accurate as of Summer 2023 and is subject to change. Please check with your specific destination for up-to-date information.
|CITY||TAX||5 STAR||4 STAR||3 STAR||CHILD POLICY||EXEMPTIONS|
|AGRIGENTO||3 EURO||2 EURO||2 EURO||Free up to 14 years old||Disabled guests and their companion|
|ALBEROBELLO||Max 3 nights||1 EURO||1 EURO||0.8 EURO||Free up to 13 years old||Disabled guests and their companion|
|AMALFI||Max 4 nights||5 EURO||3 EURO||1.5 EURO||Free up to 10 years old||N/A|
|AREZZO||Max 4 nights||3 EURO||1.5 EURO||1.5 EURO||Free up to 12 years old||N/A|
|ASSISI||Max 4 nights||2 EURO||2 EURO||1.5 EURO||Free up to 12 years old||N/A|
|BOLOGNA||Max 5 nights||4 EURO||4 EURO||4 EURO||Free up to 14 years old||N/A|
|CATANIA||Max 3 nights||2.5 EURO||1.5 EURO||1.5 EURO||Free up to 18 years old||Disabled guests and their companion|
|COMO||Max 4 nights|
50% discount from Oct to Mar
|2.5 EURO||2.5 EURO||2 EURO||Free up to 14 years old||Disabled guests and their companion|
|CORTONA||Max 4 nights||N/A||3 EURO||2 EURO||Free up to 12 years old||Disabled guests and their companion|
|FLORENCE||Max 7 nights||5.5 EURO||4.8 EURO||4 EURO||Free up to 12 years old||N/A|
|GENOA||Max 8 nights||4 EURO||3 EURO||1.5 EURO||Free up to 14 years old||N/A|
|ISCHIA||Max 7 nights|
No tax from Oct to Apr
|2 EURO||1.5 EURO||1 EURO||Free up to 18 years old||N/A|
|LECCE||Max 5 nights|
50% discount from Oct to Apr
|3 EURO||2 EURO||2 EURO||Free up to 12 years old||N/A|
|LUCCA||Max 3 nights|
No tax from Nov to Mar
|3 EURO||3 EURO||2.5 EURO||Free up to 14 years old||N/A|
|MATERA||Max 3 nights||4 EURO||4 EURO||2 EURO||Free up to 14 years old||Disabled guests and their companion|
|MILAN||Max 14 nights|
50% discount in Aug
|5 EURO||4 EURO||3 EURO||Free up to 18 years old||N/A|
|NAPLES||Max 14 nights||5 EURO||3.5 EURO||2.5 EURO||Free up to 18 years old||N/A|
|PALERMO||Max 4 nights||3 EURO||2 EURO||1.5 EURO||Free up to 12 years old||Disabled guests and their companion|
|PARMA||Max 5 nights||3.5 EURO||3.5 EURO||2 EURO||Free up to 12 years old||N/A|
|PERUGIA||Max 10 nights||2.5 EURO||2 EURO||1.5 EURO||Free up to 14 years old||N/A|
|PISA||Max 5 nights||2 EURO||2 EURO||1.5 EURO||Free up to 10 years old||N/A|
|RAVELLO||Max 6 nights||4 EURO||3 EURO||2 EURO||Free up to 16 years old||N/A|
|ROME||Max 10 nights||7 EURO||6 EURO||4 EURO||Free up to 10 years old||N/A|
|Max 6 nights||5 EURO||2.5 EURO||2.5 EURO||Free up to 12 years old||N/A|
|Max 6 nights||3 EURO||1.5 EURO||1.5 EURO||Free up to 12 years old||N/A|
|SIRACUSA||Max 4 nights|
50% discount in Jan, Feb & Nov
|2.5 EURO||2 EURO||1.5 EURO||Free up to 12 years old||Over 80 years old|
|SORRENTO||Max 7 nights||4 EURO||3 EURO||1.5 EURO||Free up to 6 years old||N/A|
|STRESA||Max 7 nights||3.5 EURO||2.5 EURO||1.5 EURO||Free up to 12 years old||N/A|
|TAORMINA||Max 10 nights||5 EURO||3.5 EURO||2 EURO||Free up to 14 years old||N/A|
|TURIN||Max 4 nights||5 EURO||3.7 EURO||2.8 EURO||Free up to 12 years old||N/A|
|VENICE||Max 5 nights||5 EURO||4.5 EURO||3.5 EURO||Free up to 10 years old||N/A|
|VERONA||Max 5 nights||3 EURO||2 EURO||1.5 EURO||Free up to 14 years old||N/A|
Is it normal for hotels to ask for my passport?
I get this question in my Italy Facebook Group on a weekly basis. Especially as an American tourist, being asked for your passport and also to take a copy of your passport, can be a little unnerving. But don’t worry, it’s the law in Italy and the hotel or home rental needs to have a record of who they are collecting the tax from. I assure you it’s all above board, so don’t be nervous, just be sure you get your passport back after they make a copy, because it’s also the law to have your passport on you at all times while traveling in Italy.
I hope this has helped ease your mind and prepare you for upcoming fees during your Italian vacation. Just know that it’s the price you pay for being able to enjoy these beautiful destinations without burdening the locals.
FAQs about Italy Tourist Tax
Not paying the tourist tax in Italy can lead to fines and penalties, and the establishment where you are staying may pass these fines onto you. While legal trouble is unlikely for a small infraction, deliberate avoidance or a larger pattern of evasion could have more serious consequences. Most lodging establishments diligently collect this tax during check-in or check-out, so it’s typically hard to avoid paying, and it’s in the traveler’s best interest to comply to prevent any potential complications, such as damage to reputation or difficulty in leaving the country, though these are rare.
City tax, also known as tourist tax, in Italy is a local tax imposed on visitors who stay overnight in accommodations within certain municipalities. The tax is intended to help fund local services, tourism infrastructure, and cultural projects. It applies to various types of lodging, including hotels, hostels, bed & breakfasts, and vacation rentals.