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

New Venice terminal for cruise ships and campaign against them

A new terminal called ‘Isonzo 2’ was opened at the Maritime Station in Venice on 13 July. This terminal will provide more space for larger cruise ships to dock, as illustrated by the Venice Port Authority here: Inauguration of the new Cruise Terminal Isonzo 2 However, the inauguration of the new terminal was met with … Continue reading

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