UNESCO Committee undemocratically calls for blocking of projects backed by Venice’s elected City Council and funded by Italy’s government

During the 40th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee in Istanbul on 14 July 2016, an ultimatum was issued to Italian authorities threatening to remove Venice from its World Heritage List and add it to its List of World Heritage in Danger. UNESCO has charged the Italian … Continue reading

Battle over Venice cruise ship exhibition indicative of wider battle for the oceans

Venice’s Maritime Port An exhibition depicting cruise ships sailing through the Venetian lagoon will open in Venice on 22 October 2015 after it was previously blocked by the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro. The exhibition of photographs by Gianni Berengo Gardin was due to open on the weekend of 19 September 2015 in the prestigious … Continue reading

Would a cable car system for Venice be positive for transporting cruise passengers and others around the city?

Any thoughts on this project to connect Venice airport and other parts of Venice with cable cars? See this article in Italian: Laguna_cabinovia The cost is projected at €200M, it would take 26 minutes to get from the airport to Lido with other stations at Murano North, Fondamente Nove, Arsenale, Certosa and Santa Maria Elisabetta. … Continue reading

Definitive layout presented for offshore platform for Venice

Plans to develop Venice’s port with an offshore platform and changes to onshore facilities are progressing. It was reported on 11 November 2014 that the Dutch company Royal Haskoning DHV presented its definitive layout of the platform to Venice’s Port Authority: Terminal offshore, consegnato layout definitivo The cost of the project has been reduced and … Continue reading

Misleading campaign against proposal for new cruise ship Contorta canal in Venice

A campaign has been gathering support against the dredging of a new canal in Venice since 8 August, 2014. On that date, a national government committee decided in favour of creating the new canal to re-route cruise ships through Venice. However, an environmental impact assessment is set to be conducted before 6 November 2014, which … Continue reading

Why have Venice, Italy and the world’s media been stunned by corruption arrests linked to Venice’s MoSE dams and the resignation of Venice Mayor Orsoni?

Giorgio Orsoni resigned as Venice Mayor on Friday, 13 June. His resignation came one day after he plea-bargained a release from house arrest and accepted a four-month suspended jail term. It is alleged Orsoni took illegal payments towards his 2010 election campaign to be mayor from the consortium in charge of constructing Venice’s mobile dams. … Continue reading

Veneto Court rejects national restrictions on cruise ships navigating Venice lagoon

The Veneto regional court (TAR) accepted a request to suspend restrictions on large cruise ships passing through the Venetian lagoon on 17 March 2014. The request had been submitted by the organisation Venice Terminal Passengers (VTP) that manages passengers for the Port of Venice, in addition to several companies working in the port and a … Continue reading

Negative demonstrations against cruise ships in Venice

Demonstrations took place in Venice on 21 September 2013 against 12 cruise ships that were scheduled to pass through the Venetian lagoon during a busy weekend for tourism in the city. Cruise ships navigated the lagoon before and after the protests. About 100 demonstrators started the day by vandalising the cruise passenger welcome area at … Continue reading

New York Review of Books regurgitates pessimism about the death of Venice, climate alarmism and prejudices about tourists

A new article, ‘The Coming Death of Venice?’, by Anna Somers Cocks about Venice in the New York Review of Books regurgitates pessimism about the death of the city, climate alarmism and the usual prejudices about tourism. The death of Venice is a remarkably unoriginal subject. It was an emergent theme when Venetians suffered from … Continue reading

UNESCO warning to Venice, London and Seville about modern cruise ships and buildings

Venice is at the forefront of UNESCO warnings about the dangers of modern cruise ships and buildings. UNESCO has called for restrictions on the passage of cruise ships through the Venetian lagoon. Following the Costa Concordia cruise ship crash, UNESCO has expressed concern about the risks to Venice caused by cruise ships in a statement: … Continue reading

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