VENICE has now banned cruise ships from entering the historic city centre after a decades-long battle. The Mayor of Venice had previously asked Unesco to put the city on a “blacklist” following a cruise ship crash in June.
Venetians have long-criticised the presence of cruise ships in the historic lagoon city in Italy, claiming it damages Venice’s foundations and ruins the skyline.
Locals have battled for cruise ships to be banned, taking to the city’s canals in protest at the enormous vessels clogging the waterways and proving a hazard.
Italy’s minister of transport Danilo Toninelli has said cruise ships in Venice would gradually be moved away from current routes, reported the Financial Times.