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THIS MONTH News & Views

Cruisers on a loser in Venice

Protesters have called for an end to cruise ships in Venice
The MSC Opera ploughed into a wharf
Four people were injured in the incident

Protesters have been out in force in Venice, calling for a ban on cruise ships in the city. The calls for large vessels to be prohibited in Venice follow a dramatic crash in which the 13-deck MSC Opera ploughed into a wharf. Four people were injured in the incident, which was caused by engine failure. The crash has provided proof for many that enormous cruise liners are not just out of step with the historic beauty of the city, but also pose a serious risk to local homes, monuments and the environment. Activist group No Big Ships, which organised the latest protests, said in a statement, “The images coming out of Venice do not need many words. A large ship threatened to trigger a tragedy. One wonders how it is possible that, despite Venetian citizens asking for years that these polluting monsters be blocked from the lagoon, nothing has been done yet.”

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This is the month of Ferragosto, the festival on the 15th of August celebrated throughout Italy, (also in San Marino and the canton of Ticino in Switzerland, fact fans…). If you’ve been in Italy in August, you’ll know the kind of festive mood the country is in, and you’ll find it in this issue of Italia! too!