Venice will take the cruisers away from the historic center, will this be the final one

Venice, Italy – May 17, 2015: A huge cruise ship belonging to the Swiss-based MSC Cruises entering Venice on the Giudecca Canal at sunset, as seen from a small canal in the Dorsoduro area of Venice, Italy. Groups of people can be seen canal-side, on a bridge, and on the decks of the boat. Allowing large ships in the delicate Venetian lagoon has elicited controversy and protest.

Venice will take the cruisers away from the historic center and what we all ask is if this time it will be the final one and we will stop seeing those floating monsters coming threateningly through the Grand Canal. The view from them is impressive, we do not deny it, but the destruction is even greater.

The specific objective is to divert more than a third of the cruise ships that have already booked entry into Venice towards new ports by 2020. The discussion has been on the table for more than 15 years and no drastic measures have been taken yet, but the situation is becoming little more than unsustainable. Floating giant hotels displacing water on fragile pillars, deteriorating the beauty of Venice silently.

Not counting the fact that the crash of the MSC Opera against another ship arriving in port was more than a touch of attention to demonstrate what could happen if one of those “sea monsters” (as the Venetians call them) lost control by entering by the Grand Canal. It resulted in what we could call an anecdote, with four minor injuries and several ship departures canceled due to damage. I think we all have the feeling that the city would start to collapse like a house of cards, house after house.

The imminent measures are that as of September ships of more than 1000 tons will be diverted to the terminals of Fusina and Lombardy. Both are still inside the Venetian Lagoon but far from the historic center. The feedback of the residents will also be sought with the measures to be taken. Of course this time it seems that he is serious and that once and for all he tries to find a solution to something that is already lasting too long. Like what we told you yesterday about Rome, it is clear that mass tourism deteriorates and that we have to put a brake on it or the works of art that are going to be visited, not always with pure eyes and attitudes, will end up being a thing of the past.

There are also other alternative options to avoid the Giudecca, either by going through the mouth of Malamocco as the tankers do and enabling the Marghera area that is deprecated. Or reopen the Vittorio Emanuele channel, which dates from 1922 and connects Marghera with the Maritime Station. The first of the options is the one they would see with good eyes from UNESCO and the second the one that the local authorities like. The debate opens.

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