Culture / Tourism

Venice and tourism, a love-hate relationship

For the Venetian economy, tourism is everything. That’s why the large cruise ships crossing the Giudecca Channel and brushing them against St Mark Place are still provisionally tolerated, as long as the new Contorta-Sant’Angelo Channel for their passage is not ready.

However, this summer the tourists are doing their best to reignite the controversy on their massive presence, driving their cars in the city (which is allowed only in a very limited part of it), having sex in plain sight on the Scalzi Bridge and leaving piles of garbage behind them.

Some commentators blame the general lack of discipline reigning in Italy. However, other people are trying to relaunch the old proposal to fix a quota of people allowed to visit Venice, or require every visitor to pay a ticket.

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