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7 Nov, 2013

Venice to ban giant cruise ships – theguardian.com

Italy is to begin limiting large cruise ship traffic in the Venice lagoon, with the biggest vessels – of more than 96,000 tonnes – to be banned from November next year.

Venice has seen a string of protests against the rising traffic of cruise ships, amid growing fears over the impact of these giant vessels on the fragile city – and the alleged risk they pose to its infrastructure and inhabitants. Currently, cruise ships pass within 300 metres 1,000 feet of St Mark’s Square, granting a stunning view to those on board the ship but presenting a jarring sight against the backdrop of Venice’s Byzantine architecture.

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