Monday, October 17, 2016

Large Tourist Cruise Ships Threaten Venice’s History

Photo Of The Week


Gondolas & Cruise Ships: The traditional gondolas contrast with the large cruise ships that bring more tourists to beautiful Venice, whose success as a tourist attraction could lead to its undoing. So says author Salvatore Settis, an internationally renowned art historian, who writes in If Venice Dies, that the tourist ships “may permanently damage the city’s history.” Simon Worrall writes the following for National Geographic: “Venetians are being driven out of the city by skyrocketing rent while giant cruise ships dwarf the skyline, risking a disaster like the Costa Concordia, the boat that sank off the Tuscan coast. There’s even talk of building a Venice theme park just outside the city. ” Settis argues, among other things, that a city cannot live only on tourism, that such large cruise ships disturb the aesthetic harmony of the city and, perhaps most important, Venice is too important a historical city to be forgotten. It’s not only important for Venetians, but also for humanity.
Photo Credit: Education Images, UIG: Getty Images
Source: NatGeo

No comments:

Post a Comment

All comments ought to reflect the post in question. All comments are moderated; and inappropriate comments, including those that attack persons, those that use profanity and those that are hateful, will not be tolerated. So, keep it on target, clean and thoughtful. This is not a forum for personal vendettas or to create a toxic environment. The chief idea is to engage, to discuss and to critique issues. Doing so within acceptable norms will make the process more rewarding and healthy for everyone. Accordingly, anonymous comments will not be posted.