the Italy The government has decided that ships and container ships should not pass through the historic city center.
Instead, they must dock at a different location, in an effort to help preserve the famous lagoon.
The decree was approved on Wednesday and involved public consultations on the construction of a terminal outside the Venice lagoon.
This terminal would allow passenger ships of over 40,000 tonnes and container ships to dock without passing through St. Mark’s Square.
Until these changes are implemented, large ships must dock at the industrial port of Marghera.
Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said: “Anyone who has visited Venice in recent years has been shocked to see these ships, several hundred meters long and as tall as apartment buildings, pass through places as well. fragile. »
The people of Venice have called on the government to ban large ships from the lagoon for years.
Concerns escalated after the Costa Concordia, a 114,500-ton liner, sank off the Tuscan island of Giglio in 2012, killing 32 people.
In 2019, a cruise ship collided with a pier and a tourist boat in Venice as it approached a passenger terminal on the Giudecca Canal, leaving four injured.
The government said in a statement that it wished to “reconcile the needs for the protection of the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Venice and its lagoon with those linked to cruises and the traffic of goods”.
In 2013, the government at the time banned ships over 96,000 tonnes from crossing the Giudecca Canal, but this decision was later overturned by a local court.
In 2017, another government tried again, telling the big ships to dock at Marghera, but a number of tour operators bypassed the order.
Before COVID-19[feminine[feminine pandemic, which has been damaging to the cruise industry, Venice was among Italy’s top tourist spots – attracting more than 25 million visitors a year.