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June 21, 2019

The Italian government rejected a plan that would have closed the Guidecca Canal to cruise ships

Venice has long been battling the twin threats of rising sea level and hoards of tourists (see various links below). Now, the mayor of Venice - Luigi Brugnaro - is claiming...

March 10, 2019

"All that revenue will be used to clean and maintain the city's lagoons and public spaces, and to supplement more security officers." Italian officials have be

October 30, 2018

Venice, sea level rise, climate change, historic cities, historic architecture, Venice tourism, Venice flooding, cultural heritage, international heritage

August 18, 2018

"Ottoman silks and tiles, Mameluke carpets, Persian illuminated manuscripts, Syrian metalwork..., and Moorish ceramics adorned with Florentine family crests."

Before Italy was Italy, the Medici reined as perhaps the most important banking family and political dynasty du...

April 30, 2018

"Police commander Marco Agostini told the paper he welcomed the experiment as a necessary measure."

Governments and agencies that oversee some historic cities have in recent years developed policies to limit the number of tourists that visit them. From Barcelona to Dubr...

November 10, 2017

Soon Maghera port may be a favored tourism destination. Located on the Italian mainland opposite Venice, the port is largely used by marine freight traffic. The new ban restricts cruise ships weighing 55,000 tons or more from sailing through the Guidecca Canal, making...

August 31, 2017

During the summer months, archaeologists and other classical researchers studying the Mediterranean region leave their ivory towers and head into the field. Given the centuries-long interest in western society in the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, it might b...

August 11, 2017

When the economic upside of tourism is threatened by the downside of large numbers of tourists.

The UN World Tourism Organization has declared 2017 to be the year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The premise is that tourism can serve as a primary catalyst for eco...

August 7, 2017

Italy has long been an international tourism destination with its spectacular mix of landscapes—the southern Alps, the hills of Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast—ancient and historic sites, from the Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans through the medieval and Renaissance periods, an...

August 6, 2017

All roads lead to Rome, as the saying goes, but constructing those roads often depended on a combination of political patronage, military conscription, and public funds. This writer gives an overview of road construction in the ancient Roman empire, looking to draw les...

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