The Italian government announced yesterday that it will temporarily divert the route of large cruise ships away from the center of Venice, towards the industrial port of Marghera.
A joint statement issued after a meeting held with video conference technology between the ministers of environment, culture, tourism and infrastructure said that the decision “is in order to protect the historical and cultural heritage that does not concern only Italy, but the whole world.” The four ministers also discussed how ships moored outside the Venetian lake, and “solving the problem of the passage of large ships through Venice, in an orderly and final way.”
The passage of cruise ships in Venice has been a subject of controversy for years in Italy.
Critics say seeing the giant ships in Venice distorts the landscape and threatens the environment.
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