This summer I’ve been to Venice for a couple of days.
Perhaps for an Italian person, who should go there whenever during the year, this has not been a smart choi. August in Italy is one of the most crowded periods of the year, but that was the spot I had available! I caught the occasion to stay there with my kids and to check some hotels for my job.
No need to say how wonderful Venice is. Tons of words are written about that on worldwide pages, blogs, newspapers and magazines. Beauty and magic are in every corner, every canal, every building.
But Venice risks to become a postcard.
Venice risks to belong to everyone and to none
Venice is fully crowded of people and smartphones, cruise ships arriving and departing, groups following a guide with a microphone…that is disappointing and scaring.
It happens to all famous places in the world, in Italy however we have a high concentration of historical cities. Perhaps Venice is a borderline case also because Venetians are leaving the city year by year, due to its islander nature.
The best thing is to wake up very early and visit them before masses of tourists invade it like ants.
This is however a philosophical topic…am I or not also a tourist like all the other ants…?!
Comment: Reading the “ITB World Travel trends Report 2015/2016” http://www.itb-berlin.de/media/itb/itb_dl_all/itb_presse_all/WTTR_ITB2016_8_Web.pdfduring these days, I have found a pertinent discussion about our latest blog. Tourist experts are concerned about the impact of large masses in very popular destinations. “Venice -says the Report -is worried about the impact of high number of cruise passengers arriving simultaneously and then flooding through the city’s narrow streets to see the main sights all at the same time. IPK president Rolf Freitag confirmed and predicted that some cities might consider limits on the number of visitors in the next few years”. This will be certainly be a topic item in the future of many Italian cities.