We believe it’s a good idea for speakers on cruise ships to keep abreast of developments in places they might be heading to. Venice, Italy has been front and center and continues to be a hotbed of the “too many people visiting” trend.
Simply put, Venice is being turned into an amusement – not a town with real residents. And they are pissed. The beautiful city may soon be blacklisted by UNESCO – the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization. They are the ones who bestow the World Heritage Site designation.
They have notified the city to protect the town and monuments or lose the prestigious title.
The MSC crash into a dock there recently only inflamed the Venetians more. Steps to fix things are beginning to be rolled out.
Back in December the city announced a plan to charge ships for each visitor – 10 Euro. Of course, this would be passed on from the lines to the passengers. Well, it has not been started yet.
The fine will be given for bathing, diving, going shirtless or wearing only a swim suit. Drinking alcohol on the street is not allowed between 8 pm and 8 am.
Also prohibited: picnicking in public places, putting padlocks on bridges, lying on benches, sitting on steps of bridges or in front of shop windows and if you get in others’ way.
Kayaks are being prevented from using the Grand Canal, the Cannaregio Canal, and other routes used for public transport.
Our suggestion: Snag an assignment speaking on a trip that incudes Venice – before it really becomes off limits.
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