Italy Has Prohibited Cruise Ships From Entering Venice To Protect Its Heritage

The Italian government strictly prohibited the entry of cruise ships into Venice, trying to protect the local cultural and ecological heritage.

The canals of Venice will never again be crossed by tourists who disembark directly at the port. Following a local demand to protect the irreplaceable cultural heritage of the city, the Italian government decreed that large cruise ships will not be able to choose it as a destination.

Between marches and healthy distances, the inhabitants of the city demanded that international shipping companies find another place to dock: preserving St. Mark’s Square – and the ancient Venetian foundations – is more important to them than the hordes of visitors masked behind.

That is Why Italy Has Banned Entry To Cruise Ships In Venice:

No Grand Navy

No Grand Navy:

Among the cultural capitals of the world, Venice has been considered a city museum since the Renaissance. Since then, some of the best Italian artists have made the city part of their masterpieces. As such, the port registers about 20 million visitors annually. With the epidemic, he had just received 1.5 million.

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In contrast, according to the same newspaper, the city has only 50,000 inhabitants. After decades of globalized tourism, many of them no longer think it is the best idea to take this amount of people during the peak season of the year. Tourists in a dirty, disrespectful and enjoyable mood can be uncomfortable for the locals at least after so long. As a result, the banners raised at the protest read “No Grande Navi”: Not on the big ship.

Although this is true, the central demand of the inhabitants was not that. On the contrary, they spoke out against large ships arriving directly at the port. Cruise ships have damaged Venice, in his view. In contrast, much of the local economy is supported by the millions of people who visit the city.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has brought them precariousness, it taught Venetian residents that the quiet streets are not so bad. For this reason, the State resolved the controversy sharply. There will never be cruises in Venice again – or not directly. The local population celebrated this decision after days of protests. Furthermore, environmentalists praised the strategy of diverting shipping lines out of the most fragile part of the port.

As Tall as Buildings:

Stopped, without customers, and unable to sail to sea, the world’s shipping companies have had to endure the lethargy of the pandemic lockdown without many alternatives. In the absence of tourist routes that can be served, the decision of the State to ban cruises in Venice was a hard blow for the shipping companies that cost Italy.

On a provisional basis, some companies have raised the possibility of docking the ships in Marcher, the industrial center of the lagoon. Protecting the ” artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Venice “, according to local authorities, will be the priority for the city from now on.

The Italian cabinet published the decree last week, as a matter of urgency. The limitations were imposed so that there are no cruise ships in Venice with more than 40 thousand tons. Dario Frankenstein, Italy’s culture minister, described these ships as “hundreds of meters long and as tall as apartment buildings.” In the same way, it is planned to build a terminal outside the risk zone in the lagoon. 

Above all, the Italian government has been doubtful about what will happen next to tourism in Venice. Faced with uncertainty, he was open to receiving ideas from both shipping companies and the local population in terms of logistics solutions for visitors. As UNESCO celebrates this final decision, the world’s shipping companies are wondering what to do. From now on, there will no longer be cruise ships in Venice: tourists will have to get to St. Mark’s Square by another route. 

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