Large cruise ships will soon be banished from the centre of Venice, Italy’s transport minister announced on Monday.
The boats have long been a source of frustration to locals, who have protested against the pollution and potential damage to fragile historic buildings and the canal itself.
And cruise ships are also a key factor behind the rise of mass tourism to the lagoon city, which has meant that on a given day, there are more visitors than residents.
This has pushed up rents and seen traditional, artisan businesses replaced with shops selling fast food and cheap souvenirs.Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the decision was “extremely positive” because it had managed to find a compromise between environmental and residents’ concerns, and “the jobs created by the cruise industry, which we cannot afford to lose”.