“Massive cruise ships should be definitively banned not solely from St Mark’s Basin and the Giudecca Canal however in the entire lagoon,” the signatories stated of their attraction.
Whereas many Venetians depend upon guests for his or her livelihoods, others view the return of mass tourism with dread – earlier than the pandemic, Venice was flooded by an estimated 25 million guests a 12 months.
The signatories additionally embody Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York, Karole Vail, the director of the Peggy Guggenheim Assortment in Venice and Françoise Nyssen, a French former minister of tradition.
The letter was drawn up by Venetian Heritage, a non-profit basis, which despatched it to Mario Draghi, the prime minister, Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s president, Luca Zaia, the governor of the Veneto area and Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor of Venice.
Toto Bergamo Rossi, the director of Venetian Heritage, dismissed any criticism that rich celebrities ought to maintain their noses out of Venetians’ enterprise.
“Venice is Italy’s solely worldwide metropolis. Its heritage belongs to the world. The individuals who signed the letter are usually not only a assortment of well-known names.