Venice City Council approves fining and banning people from the local area for ‘anti-social’ behaviour

On 16 May 2019, by a majority of 22 for and 6 against, Venice City Council approved a range of police and security regulations for the urban area, as set out on its website (only in Italian) here: Il Consiglio comunale approva il nuovo Regolamento di Polizia e Sicurezza urbana These regulations will impact many … Continue reading

My comments on Venice’s new tourist charge published in The Observer

On 6 January, The Observer newspaper in the UK published an article with many comments about Venice, including mine. It can be read by clicking on the link below; The Death of Venice?

Decisions made for Venice cruise ships, channel routes and offshore platform.

A meeting was held on 7 November 2017 in Rome of the ‘Comitatone’ committee charged with managing Venice and its lagoon. This committee includes representatives of the national government and local administrators, including the Mayor of Venice.   After years of debate about different scenarios for cruise ships navigating the Venetian Lagoon, it was decided … Continue reading

Gender and gondoliers in #Venice; my comments in The Guardian

On 29 June 2017, the UK newspaper The Guardian published an article titled ‘Patriarchy on the canal: why is there only one female gondolier in Venice?’, written by Angela Giuffrida. To read the article in full, click on the link below; Patriarchy on the canal: why is there only one female gondolier in Venice? The … Continue reading

Article in The Epoch Times on Venice and tourism with contrasting views, including my own

This insightful and perceptive article by Angela Giuffrida was published on 31 May 2017 in The Epoch Times, which is based in the USA but is published in 21 languages and 35 countries. It includes different interpretations of how tourism is impacting Venice today and its historical role, including my own comments. Click on the … Continue reading

UNESCO Committee undemocratically calls for blocking of projects backed by Venice’s elected City Council and funded by Italy’s government

During the 40th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee in Istanbul on 14 July 2016, an ultimatum was issued to Italian authorities threatening to remove Venice from its World Heritage List and add it to its List of World Heritage in Danger. UNESCO has charged the Italian … Continue reading

Venice’s Festa della Sensa on May 7-8 2016 symbolises the city’s changing environmental, political, economic, religious and military relationships

Venice’s Festa della Sensa will be held on 7-8 May 2016. Sensa is Venetian for Ascension referring to the Ascension of Christ. Yet Ascension Day (40 days after Easter) in Venice also celebrates the ceremony of Spozalizio del Mare (Marriage to the Sea). The changing role of this ceremony symbolizes Venice’s changing environmental, military, political, religious and economic … Continue reading

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

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

Venice Fun Park Project Presented

A proposed fun park for Venice was presented on the evening of 7 March 2014. The event was organised by the company Zamperla, which is jointly working with Venice University on the project. Although it has been suggested that the fun park would include a roller coaster and a ferris wheel, industrialist Alberto Zamperla stressed … Continue reading

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