Strike called off against canal regulations imposed by Venice City Council

After a 3-day strike by commercial transport boats and taxis in Venice in protest against new regulations for Grand Canal traffic imposed by Venice City Council, an agreement was reached late afternoon on 15 November 2013. The strike started on 13 November and the strikers had indicated they were prepared to persist. A meeting between … Continue reading

Venice needs a subway, not Mayor Orsoni’s “discipline”, “sacrifices” and 26 new canal regulations

Following the tragic crash between a gondola and water bus on Venice’s Grand Canal on 17 August 2013, Venice City Council proposed 26 new regulations on 26 August. The accident killed German university lecturer Jaochim Vogel and threw his family into the water, leading to minor head injuries to his 3-year old daughter. This was … Continue reading

Funds assigned to complete Venice’s mobile dams in 2016

This week Venice has witnessed very high flooding again. On Monday 15 October, high tides reached 110 cm above zero on Venice’s tide meter, which is the level designated as a high flood alert. Approximately 12 percent of the historical city was under water, as reported in the Venetian newspaper Il Gazzettino di Venezia on … Continue reading

Venice’s ‘Baby MOSE’ dam completed

It is well-known that the biggest current infrastructure project in Italy is the ‘MOSE’ mobile dam system under construction to protect Venice from high flooding. Yet it is less well-known that a smaller dam has also been built to protect Chioggia, in the south of the Venetian lagoon. This dam, called ‘Baby MOSE’, was reported … Continue reading

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

“Planetary alarm” for an “ecological disaster” in Venice?

The environmental group Italia Nostra (Our Italy) dramatically declared impending catastrophe in Venice during a national press conference on 4 July. Cristiano Gasparetto, a member of the board for Italia Nostra’s Venice chapter, announced that Venice risks becoming an “ecological disaster.” Alessandra Mottola Molino, Italia Nostra’s President, explained that “We need to launch a planetary … Continue reading

Venice Carnival Chaos or Fun?

Crowds flocked to Venice on 26 February 2011 for special events during this year’s Carnival. The day featured the ‘Marie’ procession of beautiful girls and others in elaborate medieval costumes. In addition, the second Biennale Carnival for children had a special day of events in the central pavilion of the public gardens. Local newspapers reported … Continue reading

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