Venice’s tourist population has swelled to 30 million people a year, and many arrive on the approximately 570 cruise ships that make calls in the lagoon.
Desperate to preserve the city’s image, the Italian transport minister is pulling the plug on large ship access to the Grand Canal near Piazzo San Marco square beginning in April 2020. Reductions in the number of cruise ships entering the area were already introduced in August 2019.
In addition, beginning in July 2020, day-trippers arriving by public transport will pay a fee of three euros during the off-season and eight euros in high season to help preserve the city’s quality of life. Those who choose to visit during peak times, such as summer weekends, will have to pay an additional 10 euro charge to visit the city center and islands of the lagoon.
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This post is based on the Express article, Tourism crackdown: Venice to ban large cruise ships in bid to save city, by Leonie Chao-Fong, November 7, 2019; the Worth article, Facing Rising Water Continue reading