Banning large cruise ships from the centre of Venice reveals this unelected Italian government cares more about UNESCO than Venetians

Above image: I took a photograph of cruise ships docked at the Maritime Station in Venice. On 13 July 2021, the Italian government cabinet passed a decree banning ships of more than 25,000 tonnes, higher than 35 metres and longer than 180 metres from navigating down the Giudecca Canal in the centre of Venice from … Continue reading

New funds for Venice’s mobile dams

Despite the Italian government’s recent €48 billion deficit reduction plan, new funding of €630 million has been agreed for Venice’s mobile dam project. This tranche of €630 million will be provided by 31 December 2011 and will need to be followed by successive tranches of €470 million in 2012 and €450 million in 2013 to … Continue reading

Stopping the development of Venice’s Piazzale Roma

Plans to develop the vehicle arrival point in Venice, Piazzale Roma, have been challenged by Venice’s Safeguarding Commission. Over the last 2-3 years, plans have evolved to double the size of the San Marco parking facility alongside the square of Piazzale Roma. Given the inadequate parking facilities in Venice, this would reduce queuing for parking … Continue reading

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