• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Italy | Under pressure from UNESCO & activists, government fast-forwards Venice cruise-ship ban

Italy announced on Tuesday that it was banning large cruise ships from entering Venice’s waters and was also declaring the city’s lagoon a national monument, in a move to protect a fragile ecosystem from the downsides of mass tourism.

The ban, demanded for decades by both Venice residents and environmentalists, will take effect on Aug. 1.

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