Venice bans cruise ships

This item appears on page 4 of the October 2019 issue.

The Italian government announced on Aug. 8 that cruise ships will no longer be allowed to travel through the city of Venice’s main canal; they now will be rerouted around the city.

Venice has been fighting to keep cruise ships out of its canals for years, citing damage to buildings from the wakes of ships plus the unsightly image of cruise ships towering over its picturesque setting.