• director Nov 15, 2019

    Historic Flooding Highlights Venice's Vulnerability

    The historic lagoon city of Venice exists on the edge of a double threat: As it sinks, the seas rise. That reality became more stark this week when Venice was hit with its worst flood in over 50 years, caused by a nearly 1.9 meter (6-foot) tide that sent waist-high water flowing through St. Mark’s Square, cast the city’s world-famous...

  • social media Nov 13, 2019

    Venice ‘On Its Knees' After Second-Worst Flood Ever Recorded

    The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage. The water reached 1.87 meters (6.14 feet) above average sea level Tuesday, the second-highest level ever recorded in the city and just 7 centimeters (2½ inches) lower...

  • Mayor Jun 7, 2019

    Too Much Dolce Vita Can Get You Banned From Rome

    Too much Dolce Vita can get you banned from Rome, where the mayor on Friday ushered in a permanent get-tough approach on boorish behavior by tourists and those Romans who exploit them. Exasperated by tourists who frolic in Rome’s public fountains, vandalize its monuments and treat its landmarks as their own personal living rooms, the city famous for its artistic...

  • Mayor Jun 3, 2019

    Venice, Budapest Crashes Renew Debate on Cruise Ship Safety

    Cruise industry officials long insisted that ship accidents wouldn’t happen in Venice’s busy Giudecca Canal, saying guiding tugboats and technology ensured safety. The 65,500-ton cruise ship that crashed into a much smaller riverboat docked along the canal on Sunday proved them wrong. Italy’s transport minister ordered the head of the Venice port to Rome on Monday to discuss the accident,...

  • Associated Press Nov 15, 2017

    ‘Tourists Go Home': Cities Bristling at Visitors From Around the Globe

    Venice is planning to divert massive cruise liners. Barcelona has cracked down on apartment rentals. Both are at the forefront of efforts to get a grip on “overtourism,” a phenomenon that is disrupting communities, imperiling cherished buildings and harming the experience of travelers and local residents alike. Tourism-phobia has become increasingly prevalent, particularly in European destinations where visitors crowd the...

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