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Venice, Invaded by Tourists, Risks Becoming ‘Disneyland on the Sea’ – The New York Times

By JASON HOROWITZ Photographs by ANDREW TESTA  VENICE — “You guys, just say ‘skooozy’ and walk through,” a young American woman commanded her friends, caught in one of the bottlenecks of tourist traffic that clog Venice’s narrow streets, choke its glorious squares and push the locals of this enchanting floating city out and onto drab, dry land. “We don’t have ...

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Shanghaidaily – Feature: Environmentalists call for sustainable solutions on passage of large ships in Venice

by Marzia De Giuli     MILAN, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) – The Italian government is determined to face the issue of large ships visiting Venice among increasing concerns for the risk they pose to the fragile lagoon city, local reports said on Monday. According to Corriere della Sera newspaper, Prime Minister Enrico Letta has called a meeting on Oct. 1 ...

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Telegraph- Protesters dive into Venice canal to block cruise ships

Protesters have leapt into Venice’s Giudecca canal to delay a procession of cruise ships, which they say are threatening the city’s foundations as they tower over rooftops and drown the city in tourism. Protesters swim in the Giudecca Canal to block cruise ships inside the port  Photo: Getty Images By Tom Kington, Rome Around 50 protesters dressed in wetsuits, backed by 1,000 supporters, ...

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The Guardian- Venice residents to stage canal-bank protest over cruise ship invasion

St Mark’s Basin will be turned into a motorway when 13 cruise ships travel through in one day, say protesters Lizzy Davies, Rome correspondent theguardian.com, Friday 20 September 2013 17.06 BST Residents of Venice will protest over the procession of cruise ships through St Mark’s Basin. Photograph: James Morgan/AP Residents of the beautiful, fragile city of Venice are preparing to stage ...

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