The controversy has dragged on for years.
With the deconfinement and the return of tourists, the “sea monsters” have made their return to the lagoon of Venice.
Much to the despair of the inhabitants, who demand their disappearance from the landscape.
They finally won their case: the large cruise ships, accused of endangering the historic center of Venice, a UNESCO heritage site, will be banned from August 1, the Italian government announced on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi hailed "an important step for the preservation of the Venetian lagoon", subjected for decades to the continual ballet of liners pouring millions of visitors into the City of the Doges.
Because cruise ships are accused of endangering the ecosystem of the lagoon and eroding the foundations of buildings.
In Venice, the return of cruise ships is controversial
In March, the Italian government was already forcing them to drop anchor at Marghera, the city's industrial port.
A solution which was however only "temporary", while waiting to find a "definitive one to the problem of the circulation of the large ships in Venice.
The preferred option would be to create a new terminal outside the lagoon of the historic city.
In 2019, an accident rekindled the controversy over the presence of an ocean liner in the “City of the Doges”. A cruise liner out of control on its arrival in Venice sparked panic by hitting a dock and then a tourist boat. The accident left two slightly injured. In 2017, Italy adopted a development plan for the lagoon while modifying the route of the boats.