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 Venetians no longer have faith in the Italian government to protect the historic island city. Therefore, he is requesting that UNESCO's World Heritage Centre place Venice - a World Heritage site - on the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger. The endangered list is often used as a mechanism to attract public attention in hopes of drumming up support for tackling problems.
Venice mayor urges Unesco to place city on world heritage blacklist
By Angela Giuffrida
June 20, 2019
How much would you pay to visit Venice?
Italian officials have been working on various proposals to address two of the most daunting threats to the historic city of Venice - the rise in both the sea level and the number of tourists visiting the city. Now, Venice is scheduled to address the latter problem by charging fees to tourists who visit the city each day, beginning in May 2019. The fee, which will fluctuate around a total of 10 Euros, will not apply to tourists who stay overnight in Venice but only those who visit during the day without an overnight stay. Initially, the fee will be attached to the costs of travel tickets (taxi, flights, cruise tickets, etc.) but the city does hope eventually to establish a reservation system to help monitor the number of tourists who intend to visit the city. (The view in the 2015 photo above by Behn Lieu Song is shared here under CC BY-SA 3.0).
Venice to Start Charging Day-Trippers in May
By Meredith Carey
Conde Nast Traveler
February 6, 2019
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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