My live TV interview on TRT World News on the day large cruise ships were banned from the centre of Venice. This ban reveals this unelected Italian government cares more about UNESCO threats and its international reputation than Venetians

Click on the play symbol in the picture on the left to watch the interview. 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 1 … Continue reading

The return of foreign tourists to Venice is an opportunity for revival.

The return of foreign tourists to Venice is an opportunity for revival. While walking the alleyways of Venice in May 2020 just after the severe COVID-19 lockdown had ended, I was shocked by how many shops, restaurants and hotels were closed. Although I predicted (https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/03/27/italys-lockdown-has-been-a-recipe-for-disaster/) lockdowns in Italy would cause economic devastation, I was amazed … Continue reading

Italy’s government decrees on shipping and cruise ships in Venice include more poor decision-making

Were the government decrees on shipping and Venice issued late on 31 March 2021 and on 1 April 2021 rushed through before the Easter break? When I read about them on 1 April, I thought they were April Fools’ Day jokes. The decree issued on 31 March calls for public consultations and sanctions €2.2 million … Continue reading

Venice raises all ‘MOSE’ mobile dams to block its lagoon from the sea for the first time, despite protests and problems

On 10 July 2020, for the first time ever, Venice’s lagoon effectively became an artificial lake temporarily. This great feat of engineering was achieved by raising all 78 mobile floodgates at the three inlets between the lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. These had all previously been raised during past tests, but this was the first … Continue reading

‘The people are leading Italy out of lockdown.’ My article on how some brave Italians are helping the country escape from #Covid-19 lockdown. Published by @spikedonline

This article was published on 21 May 2020 and can be read by clicking on the link below: The people are leading Italy out of lockdown I welcome any comments. The text of the article is also below: The people are leading Italy out of lockdown Public pressure has forced the government to open up … Continue reading

Now people in Venice are tracked by 34 sensors around the city using cell phone data; the end of freedom and privacy!

Regulated Carnival! Remember when Carnival was known as an opportunity for free experimentation with the anonymous protection of a mask? This year, for the first time, you are being tracked if you have a cell phone! Venice City Council has installed 34 sensors around the city which will use cell phone data to track your … Continue reading

“Facing Rising Water and Rising Tourism, Venice Fights Back.” Article published by Worth in the USA including my comments.

This article by Jackie Cooperman, including interviews with several people, was published on 5 November 2019. You can read it by clicking on the link below: Facing Rising Water and Rising Tourism, Venice Fights Back Feel free to send me remarks. Thanks, Dominic.

‘When did tourism become a crime?’ Article by me published by @spikedonline about how tourists are being criminalised from Venice to Rome and Barcelona.

When did tourism become a crime? The article in the link above was published on 29 July 2019. I welcome any comments, thanks. The text is also below. When did tourism become a crime? Dominic Standish. Venice’s new rules for tourists are making life hell for locals, too. This month, two German tourists were fined … Continue reading

A cruise ship crash in Venice focuses minds on changing docks

The awful crash of the Opera cruise ship on the morning of 2 June 2019 thankfully only led to 4-5 minor injuries from various reports. The Opera had an engine failure and was blocked, but the thrust was on causing the speed to increase. It scraped along the dockside before crashing into a tourist boat … Continue reading

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

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