The first time you visit Venice, they say, you should arrive by water for maximum impact. Maximum impact is a good way of putting it in more ways than one.
These days huge numbers of tourists – 1.8 million of them last year – arrive on cruise ships. They at least can’t see, as we can from the city itself, the visual impact their transport makes, dwarfing the dreaming profile of campanile, baroque domes and the forest of pepper pot chimneys and statues on palazzi roof tops. The cruise ships block the view, they displace water into the side canals, they disturb the ancient buildings to their very foundations, and they add a tacky backdrop of floating 15 storey white boxes totally at odds with the glories of Venetian architecture.
Read more about why Venice residents Say “No” to big ships in the lagoon. This article, originally written for Italy magazine, explains why the Veneziani are protesting against the impact of Big Ships invading the lagoon.
More articles about Venice:
- Ten things you never knew about Gondolas
- Gondolas are the symbol of Venice. They’re more interesting than you might think, and a ride in one needn’t break the bank!
- The Lions of Venice
- Another article originally written for Italy magazine.
- A blog post about the cruise ships
- I love Venice and it grieves me to see the big ships there every summer, bringing thousands of uncomprehending people on a whistle-stop tour.