Welcome to the Campaign For A Living Venice. This site’s goal is to serve as an English language source for information about current developments in Venice.
Our News page features weekly translations of news from the local Venice papers, going back to our launch in late 2016.
Why do we need a Campaign? What problems does Venice face today? This site also aims to help answer those questions, starting with this summary:
- The lagoon, and the foundations of the city itself, are being destroyed by waves from too many boats going too fast, and by the huge water displacement caused by cruise ships, as well as by excavation in the lagoon.
- The Venetian population is being forced out of the city due to high rents and lack of available work.
- The stock of residential buildings is rapidly converting to tourist lodgings.
- Too many cruise ships bring far too many day visitors at far too high a cost to the city.
- The MOSE project, designed to save the city from higher sea levels, will not work, after an expenditure of 6 billion Euro. Meanwhile in 2019 acqua alta has reached crisis proportions.
- The vast majority of money being made in Venice from tourism and transportation does not stay Venice, leaving the city unable to finance all its needs.
- Because Venice and Mestre are one city, Venetians are a permanent minority voting bloc in their own home. Now with the fifth referendum for separation ended in defeat, this is likely to be the situation for a long time to come, not to mention during the upcoming elections in May 2020.
For a more detailed summary, please consult (and share) our Brief Guide to Key Issues Facing Venice.
The Campaign For A Living Venice hopes to build international support for Venice and its Citizens, who are organizing and working towards a sustainable future for Venice, and the preservation of a unique and special culture.
To learn more about what is happening in Venice, and why we’re running this campaign, please watch our Campaign Video: