(ANSA) – VENICE, AUGUST 13 – Another weekend with the city ‘invaded’ by tens of thousands of tourists in Venice. A scenario that has returned as it was in the pre-pandemic summers. And this despite the ban on entry to San Marco and docking in Marittima for large cruise ships.
A sunny Saturday, not torrid heat, drew an ‘army’ of tourists to San Marco and Rialto: over 93 thousand, of which 18 thousand Italians and 75 thousand foreigners, according to data from the Smart control room, the central coordination and surveillance, connected with all the cameras in the city, which the Municipality has equipped itself with. The scenes of the busy days have been revisited, with queues at the piers, but also in the narrowest streets, on the bridges. Full restaurants and trattorias at lunchtime, and gondolas forced to proceed in single file in the internal canals.
On the other hand, the “desire for Venice”, after two years of blockade for Covid, was already clear from the spring. There were several days – the last one being the Feast of the Redeemer – in which the city reached 100,000 arrivals in 24 hours.
It could be the last time though. Because from 2023, as confirmed by the mayor Luigi Brugnaro, the booking obligation will start to get to Venice. And by that time the regulation for the famous ‘ticket’, or rather the access contribution, will have to be ready. The logic will be based on a reward system, with discounts and discounts on rates, for those who book their holiday in the lagoon early. (HANDLE).