When you make a hotel reservation in Rome, make sure that you ask whether or not the Roman tourist tax or city tax is included in your room rate. This tourist tax (contributo al soggiorno, in Italian) was introduced in January 2011 and upped in September 2014 and is meant to get more money into the pockets of the mayor of Rome. This money is to be used to improve on the city’s infrastructure and thus should contribute to tourists’ enjoyment of their Rome holiday.
Tourist Tax Rome 2020
How Much Tourist Tax Should You Pay in Rome?
The amount to be paid depends on the type of accommodation selected. People staying in a 5 star hotel will be paying 7 Euros per person per night on top of the room rate, while those staying in a 4 star hotel will pay only 6 Euros per night. Visitors to Rome staying in 3 star hotels pay 4 Euros per night and those in 1 and 2 star accommodation only 3 Euros. Guests at Rome bed and breakfasts, guesthouses (affittacamere, in Italian), residences, holiday homes, etc. pay 3,50 and in agriturismo‘s this is 4 Euros per person per night. People staying in camp grounds and youth hostels will only be paying 2 Euros per night.
The tourist tax is to be paid only during the first 10 days of one’s stay and children under 10 years of age are exempt.
Note that if you book your Rome accommodation through Airbnb, the city tax is already included. Your host cannot charge you anything extra.
Tourist tax on Rome attractions and city tours
It is not only the hotel accommodation in Rome that has become more expensive: There is also an extra charge of 1 Euro per person on city tours, including the popular Hop On Hop Off buses. Museums run by the city of Rome have also added a surcharge of 1 Euro to their admission fees. (It is interesting that this was initially presented as a 1 Euro surcharge for visitors to the Eternal City and now, on the official website of the city, has become a 1 Euro discount for citizens of Rome itself.)
What happens with the tourist tax after you have paid it?
Every three months the hotel, bed and breakfast or hostel has to pay the entire tourism fee collected into the coffers of the city of Rome. The city of Rome is then supposed to use this money to make the capital into an easier place to visit for tourists (and for the Romans themselves) of course. So far it seems fairly safe to say that the city of Rome has done this in as gentle and unobtrusive a manner as possible, with nobody really noticing any changes (at least not for the better).
- A number of the tourist information offices in Rome have closed (or reduced their hours).
- The free maps the city used to give out at these offices are usually not available anymore.
- The Settimana della Cultura, or “Culture Week”, one week in April when all the city- and state-run museums were free, has been abolished, and so has the Notte Bianca or “White Night”, when all museums can keep their doors open all night long.