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The popular tourist village of Polignano a Mare takes charge of the tourists
The popular tourist village of Polignano a Mare takes charge of tourists

Italy: tourists are welcome if they pay first.

Welcome here – but pay first. \\nthis Italian mountain village of Polignano a Mare has started charging for the tourists who want to come into the historic centre.\\yet wakes the critics, who argue that the city profiting from a space that belongs to the public.

Tourism in Italy is increasing more and more every year. The most popular destinations take measures to both attract more tourists, but also make it tolerable to stay there.

the Mountain village of Polignano a Mare has created controversy by start charging a entrance fee to enter the historic center of the city, writes The Telegraph.

It now costs five euros, about 50 dollars, to get to wander around the meandering streets. A city whose historical origins stretch back to the Greek settlement hundreds of years before Christ.

in Order to justify the entrance fee, visitors will get the popcorn, doughnut, candy floss and a drink.

Attract tourists in the winter

the entrance Fee was introduced in november and will extend over the entire christmas season, until January 6. It is a popular season for tourists, when the whole city is illuminated by the light.

the Mayor Domenico Vitto told The Telegraph that Polignano a Mare, the need to attract tourists even when it's not summer.

He says that visitors to the city will not have to buy a ticket to the historic heritage, and that the initiative made to Polignano a Mare received a lot more visitors.

But not everyone is happy with the decision.

Critics believe that the new way to welcome visitors contributes to a commercialization of public spaces, which should be open to all.

People who live in the area and the businesses around are worried that it is a step towards that the popular attractions will be the ”disney parks”.

”To transform the city into a show, as if it was an adventure park, is not a good idea. The city should be a part of the world cultural heritage”, writes the local företagsföreningen Confesercenti Terra di Bari in a statement.

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