Italian authorities have officially imposed a ban on cruise ships entering Venice. It follows a request from UNESCO and years of protests in the city. Large cruise ships are now required to dock at the city’s main trade port when cruise operations resume.
Culture Minister Dario Franceschini applauded the decision which has been in the making for many years. Opposition intensified in 2019 when a large cruise ship crashed into a pier, damaging another vessel. Locals have complained of pollution from ships for many years.
The government is now seeking proposals for a permanent cruise terminal in the city.