"Venice was inundated by an exceptional high tide Monday"
Venice is being buffeted by two negative forces these days - an onslaught of tourists and increasingly devastating flooding. With recent storms, high tide was higher due to high winds. Still, tourists continued to flock to the historic water, flooded or not.
Venice hit by high tide as Italy buffeted by winds
By Colleen Barry
The Washington Post
October 29, 2018
Also see this previous post by the International Heritage News Network
ORIGINAL POST (April 30, 2018): 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 Dubrovnik, Venice to Agra, site of the Taj Mahal, the growing global economy has led to dramatic increases in international tourism, threatening to overwhelm historic cities and inadvertently harming the tourist experience. This issue has even spread to national parks in the United States.
Perhaps no other city has felt the impact of heavy tourism than Venice, the Italian medieval city spread across several islands in the Venetian Lagoon. For years, complaints focused on the depletion of local businesses that served Venetian residents that were replaced by tourism-related businesses, resulting in a tourist experience that focuses more on tourism than the historic city itself. Last year, the Italian government moved to ban large cruise ships from entering the lagoon because they dwarfed the low-rise city and seriously affected the viewscape. (The view in the 2015 photo above by Behn Lieu Song, shared here under CC BY-SA 3.0, often is marred by large cruise ships in the canal just beyond the columns)
Recently, Venetian authorities conducted a short-term experiment spread over a long weekend. Saturday, April 28, the city installed turnstiles at key access points to regulate the number of tourists that could enter at some locations and allowing only residents and other regular visitors at others. The final results of the experiment have not been compiled or released, so it is not known how tourists whose way was blocked reacted. But some locals, quite angry with the restrictions, chanted “Free Venice” as they began tearing out the newly installed turnstiles.
Venice installs turnstiles to limit massive tourist flow
By Alistair Walsh
April 28, 2018
Venice locals tear down turnstiles amid fury after they are segregated from tourists because city is so busy
By Julia Buckley
April 29, 2018
Keeping tourists at bay in the Venetian lagoon—Italy’s new ban on large cruise ships
By International Heritage New Network
November 10, 2017
Cruise ships are being banned from sailing through Venice after locals got sick of them dwarfing their city
By Kiernan Corcoran
November 9, 2017
Venice, Invaded by Tourists, Risks Becoming “Disneyland on the Sea”
By Jason Horowitz
August 2, 2017