Venice bans cruise ships from Grand Canal

Venice may ban cruise ships from Grand Canal as tourist death prompts calls for ‘floating congestion zone’

  • Debate over large ships heightened by tourist death a fortnight ago
  • Campaigners say they hit the city’s fragile foundations
  • Passengers bring little economic benefit to the city, it was claimed

The eyesore of cruise ships on Venice’s famous skyline could soon become ancient history, as the behemoths are set to be banned from the city’s waterways.

The new proposals by Italy’s Environment Minister follow a crackdown on water traffic, after the death of a German tourist two weeks ago. Joachim Vogel, 50, a professor of criminal law, was crushed against a dock by a reversing vaporetto water bus as he took a tour with his family by gondola near the Rialto Bridge…

Venice may ban cruise ships from Grand Canal as tourist death prompts calls for ‘floating congestion zone’