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July 21, 2015

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Venice—the capital of Italy’s Veneto region—sees a huge number of tourists every year. So many, in fact, that the city is looking to restrict visitor access to the bucket list destination. The sight-seeing experience has become harder for visitors when there are so many day-trippers taking in the same, crowded landmarks. The only thing more grueling than being among the 30 million tourists visiting the islands every year may be living on the islands.

To balance out the daily ebb and flow—an average of 70,000 people visit the location every day—Venice's Mayor Luigi Brugnaro had the idea of implementing a booking system for travelers looking to visit the city for one day. Sightseers would need to book their stay in advance, helping the local government control how many people are visiting at one time and hopefully improving the experience for all involved. Pricing and capacity limits for the plan have not yet been decided.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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