Venice City Council approves Benetton’s conversion of a Venetian palace into a megastore

Venice City Council approved the conversion of an ancient Venetian palace into a shopping mall after a ‘marathon’ meeting late into the night of 11 March 2013. Of 28 councillors, 18 voted in favour, 7 against, 2 abstained and one did not vote. This was reported by the ANSA news agency here: Venezia:ok Comune a … Continue reading

Sustainable development plan passed by Venice City Council

After much debate and many revisions, Venice City Council voted in favour of a plan for the future development of the territory in the early hours of 1 February 2012. A majority vote in favour of the plan was achieved despite demonstrations outside the Venice City Council building and disturbances inside that led to suspensions … Continue reading

My book ‘Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality’ published in the USA

My book below is published in the USA this week and can be ordered from, the French, Japanese and Canadian Amazon websites and other websites. It will be available for delivery from the UK soon. Here is the link to order from Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality Description: Venice and its … Continue reading

Report on the debate ‘Death in Venice: is tourism killing or saving the city?’

Death in Venice: is tourism killing or saving the city? This controversial topic was debated by a panel on Tuesday 11 October 2001 in the De Marchi Room of CIMBA’s undergraduate campus in Paderno del Grappa. The debate was sponsored by the Institute of Ideas in cooperation with Iowa University/CIMBA (Consortium Institute of Management and … Continue reading

Venice’s Lido beaches made into free public spaces

Giorgio Orsoni, Mayor of Venice, has signed an ordinance ending private colonisation of beaches on Venice’s Lido Littoral Island. Hotels will no longer be able to restrict entry to pass holders for the more exclusive Lido beaches, as reported on 28 June in the Venice newspaper La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre here: Venezia, la … Continue reading

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