Cruisers have long touted the transit in and out of Venice as one the most glorious in the world. Well, you may have to say “arrivederci” to it soon — if the city’s mayor gets his way. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Mayor Giorgio Orsoni is meeting with the head of the port authority this week to discuss plans to have ships dock at Porto Marghera on the mainland, a bus ride away from Venice’s scenery, instead of at the island city’s purpose-built cruise terminal. The proposal reportedly has the backing of Italy’s new environment minister.
Why the change? According to the move’s proponents, the wake caused by cruise ships is damaging the ancient wooden pilings and the mud banks on which Venice, Europe’s fourth-busiest cruise port, rests — and the number of ships visiting each year just continues to grow.
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