Venice considers limits on tourists

Italian city swamped by growing crowds of visitors
Venice is looking into capping visitor numbers as it struggles to control the number of people arriving to see its sights and feel its unique atmosphere.
The city is trying to deal with a massive surge of tourists travelling there this summer, as people think of Italy as a safe destination compared to France or Turkey.
Venice is expecting over 29 million foreign tourists this year, up one million over last year. Overcrowding is an increasing problem in summer as crowds push to see landmarks that cannot contain such visitor volumes. Venetians have even staged protests.
A recent firework display for a maximum of 60,000 people had over 100,000 people attend.
St Mark’s Square could soon impose a limit on visitor numbers. “We might have the scheme in place this year,” says Paola Mar, a tourism assessor.


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