Italy has prohibited cruise ships from plowing through the historic Venice City Center. On Wednesday, the Cultural Minister in Italy, Minister Dario Franceschini, announced this. He stated that this action was taken after UNESCO requested that cruise ships be banned from entering Historic Venice City Center.
The pressure to prohibit cruise ships from entering the Italian city started when there was a collision between a Venetian harbor and one of the floating cities, causing injury in five people. These ships will dock at an industrial port until there is a new solution.
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Civil servants and scientists argued that the wake from the huge vessels have crumbled the foundations of the city. The Giudecca Canal is right past the Square at the Saint Mark or Piazza San Marco. These ships have not been allowed passage into Venice since the pandemic began and it appears the 2019 tourist season featured them last.
The absence of these ships in Venice has helped to improve the quality of water in the lagoon. The government prohibited ships that weighed over 96,000 tones from entering the Guidecca canal in 2013, however, this legislation didn’t become effective.
There have been plans to stop cruise ships from entering Venice, but these plans didn’t materialize. Minister Dario maintained that the cruise ship prohibition a decision they have waited for a long time.