What was implemented in early 2011 in Rome, has now served as an example for parts of Tuscany. Due to the miserable financial situation of many municipalities as well as the exorbitant cost of the maintenance of nature reserves, beaches, historical buildings, etc. by and by many communities (including Florence, as well as many of the coastal communities) have to pay a Tassa di Soggiorno (tourist tax).
This can, depending on the municipality, range from 0,80 Euro to 5,- Euro per person per day. The idea is that the lowest amounts shall be charged in youth hostels and campsites and the highest in 5-star hotels in the cities. On average, one can say that in private holiday homes this tax ranges from 1, – to 2,- Euro per person per day and some municipalities even require this only during peak months in which tourists visit Tuscany.
Local authorities can also decide how many nights the tax is to be levied. They can even decide not to charge this tax at all. In principle, it gets charged only for up to 7 nights. It seems, that tourists staying for a longer period will be rewarded.
There is an exception made for children. They need to pay this tax only starting with a certain age. This age is determined also differently from community to community.
Unfortunately, there are no uniform regulations, ie almost every community has its own rules.
All sort of accomodations are required to collect this tax, including private landlords. Please check the detailed description of the holiday item you are interested in, in the section expenses and rental arrangements, if the community in which „your“ vacation home is located, charges such a tourist tax.