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Italy to divert cruise ships from historic Venice

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A special commission on Tuesday approved a plan to divert cruise ships away from Venice’s historic center by 2016, but activists seeking to rid the city of the giant ships expressed reservations about the proposed new route.

The fatal sinking of the Costa Concordia in January 2012 ratcheted up pressure to divert the ships from the central Giudecca canal and St. Mark’s Basin. Currently, cruise ships pass within 300 meters (1,000 feet) of St. Mark’s Square, granting a stunning view to those aboard the ship but presenting a jarring sight against the backdrop of Venice’s Byzantine architecture.

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