Anti-tourist protests in Venice

This item appears on page 19 of the November 2016 issue.

In Italy, about 500 Venetians wheeled shopping carts and wheeled chairs through the streets of Venice on Sept. 12, protesting mass tourism.

On Sept. 25, hundreds of protesters in boats blocked cruise ships from entering the Venetian Lagoon, claiming that the large ships and the enormous influx of tourists damage the city and the local environment. 

It is estimated that 60,000 tourists visit Venice, a city with a population of 55,000, each day.