For a long time, No Big Ships flags, t-shirts and stickers hung the windows of the committee office in a trendy part of town, where cruise ship day trippers hardly ever ventured. And when they did, it often didn’t go well.
“Some of these people ask me ‘Where is St. Peter or the Leaning Tower of Pisa’,” said Valentina Zanda, 31, who supported the ban and worked in the former kiosk of the No Big Boats committee, which became a Dr Boutique Green “Hemp Life Benefits”. “Seriously, they should preselect who can come here. “
Still, she wasn’t entirely unfriendly. Ms Zanda said that a decade ago she worked at the cruise terminal reception herself and even spent two weeks aboard a cruise ship as a hostess.
“I gained 15 pounds. All alcohol, ”she said. Then, with a very relaxed look towards the middle distance, she said to herself: “On the one hand, it gives work. But at what cost ?
In the closing hours of the cruise ship era, this question hung over Venice.
Gondoliers called it a “punch in the stomach” as the pandemic had already toppled the city. The makers of traditional Venetian masks said protesters who had no interest in the tourism industry had acted selfishly.