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Tourist overnight tax implemented throughout the Greve area

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Tourist overnight tax implemented throughout the Greve area

The local government of Greve in Chianti has introduced a tourist tax based on overnight stays and the type of accommodation. The tax is applicable starting 1 April 2012 and applies March through October every year. Probably this tax will not (yet) be incorporated into the prices most places are displaying. Apparently they have to give a separate receipt for this tax. Some examples:

- Rooms in the sense of rooms rented in houses or B&Bs - 1 euro per person per night for the first 4 nights in any given accommodation.

- Apartments and agriturismi - 1.5 euros per person per night for the first 7 nights in any given accommodation.

- Hotels: the rate varies by number of starts from 50 cents to 4 euros per person per night for the first 4 nights.

Children under 14 years old don't pay.

Knowing the comune of Greve as well as I do, I think it likely that details of this tax will change from time to time.

Edited: 10:47 am, April 01, 2012
Philadelphia, USA
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1. Re: Tourist overnight tax implemented throughout the Greve area

Our agriturismo in Montepulciano informed us about this when we booked.

Le Marche, Italy
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2. Re: Tourist overnight tax implemented throughout the Greve area

Towns and cities all over Italy are implementing these taxes. Hotels hate them. Some of the seaside towns near here have been protesting greatly.

Hotels can't really include these taxes in their prices, because it depends on the number of people and their ages, not just the room.

Chicago, Illinois
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3. Re: Tourist overnight tax implemented throughout the Greve area

I don't mind the tax but think it ought to be a room tax so it can be just folded into the room price

one of the great things about booking hotels in Europe is that you pay the price of the room -- in the US you may get dinged for as much as 30% more for 'resort fees', city taxes, state taxes, fees for stupid things that come with the room anyway etc etc so that your 100$ room may end up costing 130$ or more at check out

adding these taxes is taking Italy in that same repulsive direction -- why not just tax per room and fold it into the room fee?

Castellina in...
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4. Re: Tourist overnight tax implemented throughout the Greve area

"why not just tax per room and fold it into the room fee?"

By demanding a separate receipt, the authorities are attempting to nail people who rent out accommodation and don't declare the income. That's the agenda behind this, not the paltry amount they will take in from the tax itself. Whether or not they will succeed remains to be seen. I guess agriturismi etc could simply ignore the tax altogether for most of their guests.

5. Re: Tourist overnight tax implemented throughout the Greve area

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