Italy: Village sparks outrage with turnstiles and €5 entrance fee

Reporter (Italian): «On the other side, why do you think it is right?» Visitor (Italian): «Because it is a service that the city offers and to pay for something that you enjoy can be a way to encourage the administration to continue organising these things» The clifftop village of Polignano a Mare in southern Italy has sparked outrage by charging visitors €5 (£4.40; $5.66) to enter. Footage... Еще filmed on Saturday shows the turnstiles through which tourists are now forced to pass in order to reach the cobbled heart of the village and the holiday decorations and stalls which line the streets within. Some visitors criticised the costs saying that the price is too high, particularly for families who aren't based in the area. The ticket price also includes a rotating selection of goods from a variety of local businesses, including coffee, pastries and wine. Although locals aren't charged under the system some of them also aren't pleased with it, with one man commenting that «it is not right for us residents, that we have to show documents to enter each time.» The ticket system is set to run for the entire Christmas period up until the Christian holiday Epiphany on January 6.

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