We have spoken a lot about Venice. Read our July blog that focus on moving the gigantic ships away from the islands with berthing at the mainland. Tenders will bring folks over from huge ships.
Step 2 is a beginning of a limit to the number of visitors allowed. Before they put in turnstiles, they are trying to be nice about it. BUT—> Tourists are ruining the place. It’s a cute town – but it’s not Disneyland. The locals are moving out to regain their sanity. At the end of WW2, 175,000 lived there. Today, all but 55,000 have left.
28 million tourists visit each year. For comparison, our most popular National Park – Great Smokey drew 11 million.
While you’d think the businesses love it – they do – but the quality of life has gone way down. People stay for a few hours, spend little money, put graffiti on the Rialto Bridge and dump trash like they are at home. They enter St. Mark’s in flip-flops and hot pants.
City fathers are starting to clamp down. They are promoting rules in 10 languages.
Our recommendation is to get there now – I’ve been 3 times on cruises. YOU can to. See it while it’s still pseudo pristine.
Drop us a line with your experience if you have been there – or ask us anything about Venice.
After multiple false starts and a lot of debate, it looks like the government is about to announce a major change to the way the mega-ships are docked. The Mayor of Venice is Luis Brugnaro and he said that the Chamber of Commerce has agreed to berth cruise ships bigger than 100,000 tons in the port of Marghera. It’s on the mainland – across from Venice.
This would allow the behemoths to still service the classic city and not hurt Venice’s tourism and the daily life of residents. A June test vote was at 99% for ridding the endangered city of the giant ships.
A a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting, the mayor said: “I can announce that before the summer, the government will announce the solution to the problem of big ships.”
Venice, Italy and the problem of Godzilla Ships | The city is drowning in tourists
Two new slots will be constructed at Marghera in 2019. This would shift about 50% of the current load to Marghera. The docks at Venice could still be used for smaller ships.
Passengers typically spend little since they are visiting for only a few hours. Plus they tend to eat onboard the ships, rather than in town. A cup of coffee is one of their few expenses. Life for residents is not fun dealing with all the people gawking.
The pollution and water damage to buildings should improve soon.
OK – now you are up to date. Been to Venice? You might get a speaking gig and go free. Ask us how.
If you’ve sailed into Venice, you’ve traveled down the Giudecca Canal (the main one) and looked down at the ants walking around. It’s like Godzilla sailing in – ships dwarf the little town. This is not an amusement park – the residents hate it…and it’s helping to erode the edges of the buildings. The wakes lap up constantly, weakening the stones. Enough is enough. After years of typical Italian haggling, it looks like a new mooring area for large ships will be built off shore….if other proposals are denied.
Read on. In fact, here’s some background reading.
Pax will be hauled into the downtown to fork over their drachma via tenders. The terminal will be between the lagoon and the open sea, at the Lido inlet. Miles from town. Currently, oil tankers, metal bulk carriers, ferries, containers, fishing vessels berth well away from the cruise area. I imagine that there will be a weight limit – some smaller ships may continue to park near downtown. Nearly 600 ships ply into the tourist area near Saint Mark’s.
There are a few other alternative solutions, but so far the new terminal is the only one with an approved Environmental Impact Statement. It’s still all up in the air and we will have to wait for a definite project to be chosen in order to know where cruise ships will dock in the future. This idea has a strong lead.
And Italian politics may drag this out years. Remember, they change governments every nano-second. And it will cost a ton of money.
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