UNESCO report: Venice is still at risk. “Fewer tourists, no to new hotels and cruise ships”

The situation has worsened, raising the possibility of being moved to the Endangered Sites list. Cruise ships should go to Trieste if not moved out of the lagoon. [Ed. Note: It was UNESCO’s threat to list Venice as Endangered four years ago that led to the creation of this web site. So, I just had … More UNESCO report: Venice is still at risk. “Fewer tourists, no to new hotels and cruise ships”

Political controversy about the Ex-Gasometri project

The Comitato Ex-Gasometri asks: “If Holler asks for a zoning variance for tourist residences, how will Mayor Brugnaro respond? July 24, 2020 VENEZIA. A clear response from the city administration: that is what has been formally requested by the Comitato Ex-Gasometri, an organization made up of students, residents and associations that has the goal of … More Political controversy about the Ex-Gasometri project

MoSE, yet another problem: water infiltrating the tunnels

One hundred million is the cost to repair the many unresolved troubles with the dams, which await the real test in rough seas 16 July 2020 By Alberto Vitucci [Ed. Note: On July 10 MoSE was ‘inaugurated’ in the presence of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. The entire barrier raised successfully, though several dams were unable … More MoSE, yet another problem: water infiltrating the tunnels

International Summer School announced for Padua and Venice

[Ed. Note: I’m happy to help announce another excellent initiative connected to Progetto Rialto. This is open to international students – the brochure is linked below, so please share if you know anyone who might be interested.] MARKET SPACES, PRODUCTION SITES AND SOUND LANDSCAPE OF EUROPEAN CITIES from History to Regeneration The program offers a … More International Summer School announced for Padua and Venice

Venice and tourism: a cold shower for the “restart”, with Italy blocking arrivals from outside the EU

With 51% of its annual tourists unable to travel to Italy, Venice can no longer support itself on only “local” tourism – nor only European tourism. 3 July 2020 By Nino Baldan For a Venice that lives on tourism, the opening of regional and national borders has not been enough. Reservations remain elusive, the restaurants … More Venice and tourism: a cold shower for the “restart”, with Italy blocking arrivals from outside the EU

MSC Opera crash in Venice –report cites violations on cruise ship as cause

Over 300 pages to explain the reasons for the collision that happened in June 2019 against a riverboat and dock: equipment failure, excessive speed and negligent conduct are behind the avoided tragedy. By Eugenio Pendolini 30 June 2020 VENEZIA. “Once informed that the helmsman’s console was off, the captain should have immediately ordered the helmsman … More MSC Opera crash in Venice –report cites violations on cruise ship as cause

At Murano, an emergency: the “I am Murano” movement

Murano is now an emergency: the “Io sono Murano” movement 26 June, 2020 By Giorgia Pradolin Murano and its glass are in an emergency. The economic crisis on the island began about twenty years ago, with a tourism that became less and less wealthy, and in the aftermath of the coronavirus emergency the stores, the … More At Murano, an emergency: the “I am Murano” movement

Venice. New Garage San Marco, ten stories and 451 parking spaces

The land where it will be built had been sold to Veritas by the City and sold again in 2011 to Garage San Marco at a time of financial trouble. By Enrico Tantucci 18 June 2020 VENEZIA. There was once a municipalized company controlled by the City – Veritas, in trouble at the time, around … More Venice. New Garage San Marco, ten stories and 451 parking spaces

A mega-banner against cruise ships, tourism monoculture and pollution

Saturday in Venice several groups banded together in favor of “a different model for the city” 13 June 2020 Today, Saturday 13 June, the No Grandi Navi group was back on the scene at Zattere, this time with an “extended family” which has also embraced the subjects of housing, the proposed incinerator at Fusina, and … More A mega-banner against cruise ships, tourism monoculture and pollution

Two projects to revive yacht and cruise ship traffic in Venice

VTP plans on investing 11.8 million on five docks in the historic city to accommodate high end craft, and another 66 million to open passage on the Vittorio Emanuele canal to cruise ships. [Ed. Note: some weeks ago we published a story about how the plan to excavate the canale Vittorio Emanuele III to open … More Two projects to revive yacht and cruise ship traffic in Venice