Venice is one of my favorite places in Italy, and there is no place else like it. I can’t help wanting to return again and again. I like to explore the small alleys and discover places not mentioned in the tour guides.
It was recently reported in The Telegraph, authorities in Venice are giving serious consideration to capping the number of tourists who enter the city center.
On any typical day, Venice handles an influx of 70,000 tourists, contributing to crowded waterways and pedestrian alleys. Most are cruise ship passengers and day trippers. Venice’s residential population is only a little over 53,000.
“In July, the United Nations warned that Venice will be placed on Unesco’s list of endangered heritage sites if Italy fails to ban giant cruise ships from the city’s lagoon by 2017.” It remains a hotly debated issue, and will be decided at the July 2017 meeting in Poland.
I’ve been fortunate to have met some of them, like Marco Jovan, a jeweler of hand-crafted cameos. His shop is on the famous but crowded Rialto Bridge.
Have you been to Venice? What are your thoughts about the overcrowding problems facing this Italian travel destination? I’d love to hear them, so please leave a comment.
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