Venice before the coronavirus pandemic was not the only thing that cruisers lacked-one of the world’s leading tourist destinations was open to the idea of how to get rid of giant ships and their passengers and leave them in berths outside the lagoon.
After taking a cruise on a cruise ship more than a year ago, Venice had time to consider whether the giant ship and its passengers were what they wanted.
According to the tender, the city has now launched an “idea solicitation” and is seeking suggestions and projects related to the construction of a place where cruise ships and containers can dock outside the lagoon.
Ideas can be submitted before December 31, after which a five-member expert jury will select the best three. The winner will be selected before June 30, 2023 and will receive 2.2 million euros from the Ministry of Infrastructure.
According to city officials, the purpose of the competition is to mitigate the consequences of cruising in Venice and its lagoon area, and to ensure the uniqueness and excellence of the cultural, landscape and environmental heritage of its territory.
The Italian government has issued a decree in April calling on the public to suggest places where large ships can dock outside the lagoon, but has not yet put forward a specific plan.
Activists say that the large cruiser docked in this popular tourist destination will not do any good for Venice.
Activists added that in addition to polluting the environment, tourists disembarking from boats can cause overcrowding in the historic old town of the lagoon and rarely spend money there.
UNESCO experts recently recommended that Venice be included in the World Heritage List in Danger, precisely because of these large ships. The organization will make a decision in mid-July.
Since the pandemic began, the first cruiser docked in Venice departed in early June due to strong protests.