Welcome To Venice, Italy!
The world’s most famous “floating city” is an urban paradise – but there is a BIG BIG BIG problem lurking – more on that in a moment, but first, here are some amazing fun facts to share.
For example, Venice is 160 square miles – but only 3 feet above sea level!
It has more than 150 canals and 400 footbridges – and wasn’t built directly on the land of the islands but on wooden stilts!
Venice Is Sinking – But Not Because Of The Water…
All of these pictures are from websites that promote the beauty of the city, but underneath this facade is a very big problem that threatens to sink Venice for good.
You may have read many times about the fact that the city is slowly sinking back into the sea, but that’s not the biggest problem facing it right now…here are some pictures that are very unsettling:
Venice Is Being Sunk – By People!
Wow, talk about crowded! You know things are bad when there’s a “gondola traffic jam!”
You see, FIFTEEN MILLION tourists go to Venice every year – and the weight of their impact on the city has gotten UGLY.
A Cruise Ship Controversy!
Look at the size of that Mega Cruise Ship! This is a far-too-common sight now in Venice, and the locals are rising up against it.
According to The Guardian.com:
“Earlier this month an estimated 2,000 Venetians marched against a tourism industry they argue has eroded their quality of life, that is damaging the environment and driving residents away: Venice’s population has fallen from about 175,000 in the post-second world war years to 55,000 today.”
My wife and I visited Venice a few years ago, and we were told that many locals can no longer afford the city – and the overwhelming impact of tourists is negative.
As The Guardian reports:
“Luciano Bortot, who was born here, is feeling anything but serene. “You’re asking me what it’s like to live with this crap?” he said. “It used to be wonderful, we had lots of artisans … the problem now is the mass tourism, the people who come for just a few hours and see nothing – it’s as much of a nightmare for them.”
So the impact of tourism has made the city more crowded, more expensive, and more deserted of locals – a bad trend.
Venice is magical in so many ways – so I hope they can come up with solution to the population decline, the sinking city, and the mega cruise ships that are clogging the city and depriving it of life…read the entire story here at TheGuardian.com:
As I said, my wife and I spent a week in Venice – during the offseason – and loved it:
You can wander for hours and always see something new – here are more pictures from my trip:
Let me know if you’ve gone to this magical city!