Venice: a shifting metaphor for the human condition – article on Spiked-Online

This article is an edited extract from my book Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality (2012). The article was published on 27 January 2012 and can be read by clicking on the link below: Venice: a shifting metaphor for the human condition The article is adapted from the book’s conclusion, so is not exactly … Continue reading

You Tube film of Venice and Tourism debate

The film of the debate ‘Death in Venice: is tourism killing or saving the city?’ can now be viewed on You Tube: This controversial topic was debated by a panel on Tuesday 11 October 2011 in the De Marchi Room of CIMBA’s undergraduate campus in Paderno del Grappa. The debate was sponsored by the Institute … Continue reading

My book ‘Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality’ published in the USA

My book below is published in the USA this week and can be ordered from Amazon.com, the French, Japanese and Canadian Amazon websites and other websites. It will be available for delivery from the UK soon. Here is the link to order from Amazon.com: Venice in Environmental Peril? Myth and Reality Description: Venice and its … Continue reading

Article by Dominic in The Independent: Tourism as an opportunity, not a threat

The UK newspaper The Independent published an article by me on 11 November 2011. This is about how Venice and other European cities should embrace tourism as a potential remedy for economic woes. This is a link to the article and there is also an opportunity to make comments, which I would welcome: Tourism as … Continue reading

Report on the debate ‘Death in Venice: is tourism killing or saving the city?’

Death in Venice: is tourism killing or saving the city? This controversial topic was debated by a panel on Tuesday 11 October 2001 in the De Marchi Room of CIMBA’s undergraduate campus in Paderno del Grappa. The debate was sponsored by the Institute of Ideas in cooperation with Iowa University/CIMBA (Consortium Institute of Management and … Continue reading

Is Venice now a new Disneyland?

Venice is increasingly depicted as Disneyland. Does this correspond to reality? Come along to the debate: ‘DEATH IN VENICE: IS TOURISM KILLING OR SAVING THE CITY?’ This panel discussion and public debate will be held on Tuesday 11 October, 7.45pm until 9.45pm, De Marchi Room, CIMBA/Filippin Institute, Via San Giacomo 4, Paderno del Grappa, 31017, … 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’s Lido beaches made into free public spaces

Giorgio Orsoni, Mayor of Venice, has signed an ordinance ending private colonisation of beaches on Venice’s Lido Littoral Island. Hotels will no longer be able to restrict entry to pass holders for the more exclusive Lido beaches, as reported on 28 June in the Venice newspaper La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre here: Venezia, la … Continue reading

Tourist tax approved by Venice Mayor

Tourist taxes to be levied on people who stay in Venice and nearby were approved by Giorgio Orsoni, Venice Mayor, on Tuesday 7 June 2001. However, the taxes still require final City Council approval and the Minister of Tourism, Michela Brambilla, questioned their legality without central government endorsement. Press reports suggested that the tourist taxes … Continue reading

Children’s Theme Park for Venice?

A great plan to transform the old Fort of Marghera into a children’s theme park city is facing opposition. The derelict Fort is situated in Marghera on the mainland near the Venetian lagoon. But ABO, a non-governmental organisation that raises funds to promote cancer research, is challenging the plan for the children’s city. Instead, ABO … Continue reading

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