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the liners in Venice, it’s over


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Italy’s Culture Minister banned ocean liners in the historic center of Venice. Once the Covid-19 pandemic is over, tourists will have to make do with gondolas.

The large liners go disappear from downtown Venice (Italy), so decided by the government. A news very well received by the inhabitants of Venice who could not stand them anymore. Some had even demonstrated so that these floating buildings, which razed the quays of St. Mark’s Square and threatened the dwellings, stop crossing the Italian city. “They are not compatible with our ecosystem, not compatible with the lives of citizens. They are very dangerous and polluting“, a young woman testified during a demonstration on August 20, 2019.

Pseveral accidents have left a lasting mark on people’s minds. In June 2019, a 92,000-ton vessel ended its mad race against a quay, injuring four. The same year, another liner passed by the terraces of the Jardin district. Houses were then submerged by the wave. In addition, for a year, cruise ships have disappeared from circulation in Venice, because of the coronavirus crisis. The city center has been stabilized and everyone understands the usefulness of the new ban. The deputy mayor in charge of tourism and economic development, Simone Venturini, also admits that mass tourism has done a lot of harm to his city. Public money should compensate for the shortfall. A new port outside the lagoon should be built.

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