16 Oct '12, 6pm

Cruise Ships to be Banned from Venice?

Cruise Ships to be Banned from Venice?

Key cultural figures have petitioned the Italian government for enormous cruise ships to be banned from the picturesque lagoon in Venice. “We write to appeal for your active support … in safeguarding the city of Venice and its Lagoon,” the 21 signatories said in a letter published Thursday, addressed to Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti. “Public opinion throughout the world regards the protection of Venice as a matter of extreme concern,” it said, stressing that decisions taken “often run contrary to the simplest criteria of prudent foresightedness and common sense.” The petition, signed among others by Pierre Rosenberg — a former director of the Louvre museum — and American crime fiction author Donna Leon, warned the ships could cause serious damage to the environment and Venices heritage. The letter slams “the increasing, invasive and uncontrolled presence of enormous c...

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