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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