Cruising for a bruising: large liners banned from Venice lagoon

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Cruising for a bruising: large liners banned from Venice lagoon

In an effort to protect Venice from over-tourism, the Italian cabinet has approved legislation to ban large cruise ships

Chiara Albanese and Alberto Brambilla

Italy’s government has approved measures to ban large cruise ships in Venice’s historic lagoon to protect the site from over-tourism.

Access to the lagoon and its iconic St Mark’s Square has for years been a bone of contention between environmental campaigners and tourism associations and cruise operators. Tensions heightened in 2019 when a cruise ship crashed into a small tourist boat inside the lagoon, injuring five people.

With Venice set to welcome back its traditional throngs of visitors this summer, the issue has become a test of strength on both sides...

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