- 15 Jun 2019 19:40
The old town of Venice lives of tourism and it's true that shop owners are generally greedy without limits, but in this specific case Venice has already so many visitors, that more cannot come. For them it's not much difference whether big ships are coming or not.
The guilty here are cruise companies, which consider as their unique selling point being able to bring you directly to the inner town and consider absolutely unacceptable having to transfer their dear clients into small, dirty, ferries at the entrance of the lagoon.
Local authorities have tried in a few ways to keep the big ships out of the town, but courts have up to now always lifted the bans because of lack of power/competencies of local administrations. An action of the central authorities in Rome would be required.
Similarly there could be a compromise solution: Cruise ships could enter into the lagoon and dock at the Venice harbor of Margera (not on the Venetian islands but nearby, on mainland). However, this is currently not possible because it would require some digging in the lagoon, and this is forbidden by some environment protection law. Yet again is Rome which has to act.