Venice Cruise Ship Ban Is Positive But Flawed

It was the moment No Grandi Navi campaigners, who fight to keep big ships out of Venice’s lagoon, had been waiting a decade for. On Wednesday, Italy’s Culture Minister Dario Franceschini announced on Twitter that the incongruously large cruise ships berthing in Venice would no longer be allowed to enter into the city’s endangered lagoon. However, the government’s statement has posed more questions than answers for Tommaso Cacciari, leader of the anti-cruise ship campaign group. 

“Italy sanctions €2.2 million for construction of berths outside Venice lagoon to keep cruise ships away from historic centre,” reads Franceschini’s tweet. The new decree means that passenger ships over 40,000 tons and

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