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Venice has faced the massive tourism of cruise ships: this Thursday the Italian transport and infrastructure minister, Danilo Toninelli , announced that it will divert a third of the vessels from the historic center.
This measure is a victory for residents, who have been fighting for giant cruises for years. As Toninelli explained, some ships will be redirected to the terminals of Fusina and Lombardy from September , which means they will stay on the other side of the Venetian lagoon, away from the central islands of the city.
"From now on, we will decrease the number of cruises that pass through Giudecca and San Marco , particularly the largest, " he said at a transport committee hearing on the issue.
"The goal is to redirect approximately one third of the cruises to new places by 2020, " he added. He also states that the country has "been talking about large ships for 15 years and has not done anything . These floating palaces will start to go elsewhere."
Toninelli has stated that a public consultation will be held to solve the problem of long-term cruises. Meanwhile, the Italian Government will consider other terminals, such as Chioggia , to begin distributing the vessels.
The announcement took place within the framework of protests over the proliferation of huge cruise ships , which flood the canals of Venice with thousands of tourists every day. Concerns about excessive tourism in the city and the aesthetic impact of ships have overshadowed Venice for decades.
32,000 daily passengers
According to figures from the Port Authority, from April to October, 32,000 passengers disembark daily in Venice. This has generated problems of logistics and security, an issue that was reflected when the MSC Opera cruise ship crashed on a dock in Venice in June, hitting a tourist boat and forcing spectators to run away.
In addition, the boats contribute to the sinking of the city as the waves that cause, when leaving or entering the pier, erode the foundations of its centenary buildings .
This measure is not the only initiative that Venice has implemented to curb its tourist problem. In September of this year, a new regulation will come into force that requires tourists to pay a city entrance fee of up to $ 11 (9.82 euros). However, tourists who spend the night will be exempt, since the municipal tax is already included in the hotel rate.
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