Italy travel is on the rise and Venice is a favorite travel destination. Its beloved nickname of La Serenissima, seems to be going by the wayside though, as the city becomes congested with tourists.
Venice is one of my favorite places in Italy, and there is no place else like it. I can’t help wanting to return again and again. I like to explore the small alleys and discover places not mentioned in the tour guides.
It was recently reported in The Telegraph, authorities in Venice are giving serious consideration to capping the number of tourists who enter the city center.
On any typical day, Venice handles an influx of 70,000 tourists, contributing to crowded waterways and pedestrian alleys. Most are cruise ship passengers and day trippers. Venice’s residential population is only a little over 53,000.
In November, 2017 Business Insider reported that “Huge cruise ships which currently sail through the middle of Venice will be banned from the route by 2022, the Italian government has decided. Officials made the decision… that use of the Guidecca Canal, a narrow body of water which runs through the middle of the Italian city, will be closed to ships above 55,000 tonnes.”
I’ve been fortunate to have met some of them, like Marco Jovan, a jeweler of hand-crafted cameos. His shop is on the famous but crowded Rialto Bridge.
Have you been to Venice? What are your thoughts about the overcrowding problems facing this Italian travel destination? I’d love to hear them, so please leave a comment.
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