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

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

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

Venice segregates tourists and residents

Following last week’s initiation of different water bus entrances for tourists and residents, a debate has raged about creating separate tourist and resident water bus services. For 4.5 hours a day, the water bus stop at Rialto introduced an entrance reserved for residents and another for tourists from 26 July to run until October. By … 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

“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

Tram Approval by Venice City Council

Venice City Council has agreed proposals for a tram service, as reported on 21 June in the Venice newspaper La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre here: Fermata del tram al garage comunale capolinea a San Basilio The Council approved a tram stop at Piazzale Roma, which is the final drop-off point for cars and buses … 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

Referendum campaign against subway

A new Venetian committee was launched on 27 January 2011 with the objective of holding a referendum of Venetians on whether to construct a subway under the Venice lagoon. The committee is made up of diverse political orientations, although members of Venice’s Green Party and the environmental association Italia Nostra are adopting leading roles. The … Continue reading

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