The situation has reached unbearable degree: The overran the city begs to holidaymakers

signs such as "don't sit down", "respect for Venice" or "priority for the Venetians" are from times long past. Times, when Venice was still discussing a

The situation has reached unbearable degree: The overran the city begs to holidaymakers

signs such as "don't sit down", "respect for Venice" or "priority for the Venetians" are from times long past. Times, when Venice was still discussing a restriction for tourists. In talking about the mass tourism, the many people who clog the small streets and picnic on the Rialto bridge make. was About the cruise ships that actually wants to have none and yet so many need.

in the Meantime, you can hear the clicking of her own shoes in the streets, or the Sloshing of the waves in the channels louder than the bustle of tourist crowds. Since the Corona-lockdown Venice is in crisis. Venetians, or Italians from the Region of discover at once the city and enjoy an almost magical atmosphere - but the money for Hoteliers, restaurant owners, tourist guides and the municipality is missing. The economic damages are hard to quantify.

"The situation in Venice, Rome or Florence has reached an unbearable level"

"We stand today before a city is really empty, and at a point Zero," says tourist guide Elena Degan. The single mother lives like so many others of tourists, and has been since March with no income. At the same time the masses are an abomination to you. "The situation in Venice, Rome or Florence has reached an unbearable level." She lives in the centre of Venice. Everywhere, where an artisan clasp, created a Bed and Breakfast or a Hotel, she says.

only about 50,000 inhabitants of the Unesco world heritage city. Most people move to Mestre on the mainland. The tourism has risen steadily in recent years, in the last year, according to the Region of around 13 million overnight Stays. Therefore, the city actually wanted to 1. July a controversial "entry tax" demand. Then Covid-19 came. The tax has been postponed to next year. And the politicians plead at once to tourists. Anteo Marinoni/LaPresse/AP/Reuters people walk through the almost-empty St. mark's square,

EU citizens may soon travel to Italy

"We are re-opened," said mayor Luigi Brugnaro. A "reassuring message" to the world, is now necessary: Venice is for sure. Now, the borders would open again. Because only then the one for Venice is particularly important in international tourism may start again. Finally, most of the visitors come from the USA, China, UK and Germany. As of Wednesday EU citizens travel back to Italy.

"a Covid-free" Region, the regional President of Veneto, Luca Zaia speaks. This is not quite right. Veneto was one of the first two fires in Italy. However, in comparison to the neighbouring Lombardy, the Region has to get the location with lots of Tests and has now discovered about 2000 positive cases.

high-water paid great damage to

Venice has been prior to Corona bitter experience, what it means, if one relies only on tourists and stay away suddenly In November, a flood caused great damage, the pictures of a days flooded city vergraulten the visitors.

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cities, who live mainly from foreign tourism, such as Venice and Florence, would suffer greater losses than cities that lived by intra-Italian Visit, according to a study by the Italian tourist Board Enit. There, the tourism would not recover until 2023 full.

mayor Brugnaro is now promising class instead of mass. So a "new and intelligent tourism". But what they want to do is unclear.

"cruise tourism is the Maximum of superficial tourism,"

"We are currently experiencing a tourism of proximity, as it was 50 years ago," says the environmental scientist Giovanni Cecconi of the University of Ca' Foscari in Venice. "It is not enough, easy to open and carry on as before." Not only the people from the area would come back to Venice. Fish and birds were returned to the lagoon, because they would not be deterred by the engine noise of many ships. Without motor transport, the waters, the water quality increases.

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none of cruise ships arriving in Venice. Cecconi is of the opinion that the time of the cruise tourism sun broke, had to be used to consider a model for the future and to relocate the port of Venice and beyond. "Cruise tourism is the Maximum of superficial tourism." For years, it is argued that the cruisers will destroy the environment and substance of the city.

The coalition for action No Grandi Navi just don't want to put an end to the cruise ships in the entire lagoon. The organization now has a list of demands for the future of Europe: honest catering for residents and tourists alike, and resettlement of craftsmen and artists in the historic centre, affordable Rent for Local people and a Limit for apartments.

Venice is now at a crossroads: Back to the a for residents and visitors alike unbearable mass tourism? Or the city has really the courage to start in a new, more sustainable future?

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Date Of Update: 02 June 2020, 07:27

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