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Now for the good stuff (I hope) – pictures from the day in Venice. These were all taken with the iPhone. I already knew that photography wasn’t allowed in the basilica on Torcello so I decided to go light and just take the phone. You can be the judge of how well that worked. First, […]

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New Restrictions at Venice

Continuing yesterday’s theme of protecting fragile environments, it’s time to look at Venice again. In fact, it turns out that I’m about 9 months or so late on this story – some decisions were made in November 2017 that I completely missed. I’m disappointed that I didn’t spot this at the time as over the […]

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I’m sure many people will have read this story on the BBC News website yesterday (16 July 2017). My response to the story has gone through the usual gamut of reactions – annoyance, analysis of the errors in the article, and eventual acceptance that there is a problem. I did notice the following issues that […]

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UNESCO currently lists 1052 sites, world-wide, that are officially recognised as ‘World Heritage Sites’. Italy is the current champion nation – it has 51 world heritage sites (the UK and British overseas Territories has 30). One of Italy’s greatest World Heritage sites is ‘Venice and its Lagoon’, and quite right too. However, there is a […]

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Venice paints a vivid picture Please take a look at the image alongside. It’s very attractive; I especially like the lovely warm glow it has. In fact, I’d be very pleased if I’d taken it myself. It came from Celebrity Cruises UK on their Twitter feed (@CelebrityUK) – I’m following them. So far, so good, […]

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More Venice Malarkey!

I’ve read that the Veneto Regional Court of Appeal (Veneto region includes Venice) has ‘thrown out’ the new regulations that came into force in November. These regulations, as I’m sure you’ll be aware, prevented ships over 96,000 tons from sailing through St Mark’s basin and up the Giudecca canal – which, seeing as there’s no […]

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Venice – more restrictions!

But not this time about ships. No, this time there’s a move to ban “noisy wheeled luggage”. Here’s link to the story on the BBC News site. (Update: Liz in Venice says that the Special Commissioner for Venice has denied the whole story – see her comment below.) This is simply not going to work. […]

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Another option for Venice

Following the decision that the ban on the largest ships would be implemented, and a reduction made in the number of medium-sized ships passing through St Mark’s basin, it had been assumed that the only long-term option was the dredging of a new channel linking the existing coast-hugging deep water commercial channel up to the […]

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I did a post earlier this week on how the proposed restriction on the largest ships sailing into Venice – those over 96000 tons – was being reinstated after being suspended by a regional court. That post elicited a long and well-argued comment from a reader. I was going to just approve it as a […]

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I’ve done a number of posts in the last couple of years about the changing regulations regarding cruise ships passing through St Marks basin in Venice to get to the local cruise terminal. In November 2013 various restrictions were announced, including an absolute ban on ships with a tonnage over 96,000 from passing through St […]

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