In a controversial atmosphere, Venice reopens its lake for cruises

In a controversial atmosphere, Venice reopens its lake for cruises

The first cruise ship returned to Venice on Saturday, June 5, after a 17-month hiatus due to the Kovid-19 pandemic. The presence of these sea monsters on the famous Italian lake is what causes the controversy between supporters and opponents.

Both camps each performed on their own to defend their positions: a stunning silhouette at the same time M.Sc Orchestra Demonstrators unfurled banners from St. Mark’s Square “Do not go on ships” Their protest erupted in small motorboats.

Defenders of the environment and cultural heritage allege that the huge waves created by these ships, which are hundreds of meters long and have several floors, have destroyed the foundations of the buildings of the UNESCO heritage site Serenisima and endangered the vulnerable habitat of its lake.

Proponents of cruise ships highlight the many jobs their presence creates for Venice, whose economy is largely dependent on tourism, which has been particularly affected by the epidemic.

This discussion is not limited to Venice, but always has an international dimension, due to the notoriety of this tourist center, which is the most popular in the world.

On Tuesday, international artists from Mick Jagger to Wes Anderson sent an open letter through Francis Ford Coppola and Tilda Swinton to Italian President Sergio Materella, Prime Minister Mario Draghi and the Mayor of Venice. “Last stop” Cruise Shipping.

The letter, entitled “A Discussion for Venice” signed by former French Culture Minister Franąµ‹ois Nissen, called for better management of tourism flows and the protection of the lagoon habitat and the fight against real estate speculation. “Not only physical integrity but also cultural identity” Of the city of dogs.

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