'It’s shameful': Furious protests as cruise ships return to Venice

Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said at the time: “Anyone who has visited Venice in recent years has been shocked to see these ships, hundreds of metres long and as tall as apartment buildings, passing through such fragile places.”

He praised the decision to ban the ships, tweeting: “A correct decision, awaited for years: the [Italian] Council of Ministers approves a decree-law that establishes that the final landing places of the big ships in Venice will have to be planned and realized outside the lagoon, as requested by UNESCO.”

The government said at the time it wanted to “reconcile the needs to protect the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Venice and its lagoon with those related to cruise activity and goods traffic”.

Cruise activity had dipped due to the pandemic, but Venice residents fear they might be dealing with the large ships for years to come.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

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