MILANO411.com presents this sad tale of what mass AirBNB style TOURISM is doing to one of Italy’s greatest cities, Venice. The Venetians are in a weird dilemma. The money is good, yet most average Venetians can’t be seen on the street due to the level of tourists. This is doubly sad, because the people make the place. Once they are compromised you end up with Pompeii style CITY of ruins with no character.
There are more tourists and fewer residents in the historic city of Venice.
The city known as the “Queen of the Adriatic” has lost more than half its population in the past 50 years. The Venetians who remain are trying to find ways to reclaim their city. First the city was sinking. It still is, but there are plans to save if money can be marshalled and applied.
It is sad, some of the older members of the MILANO411 office remember Venice of the 1980s and 1990s. The Venice of the film festival. The Venice that held Europe’s largest Swinger Ball. Well, they were fucking, but least they wore traditional costumes and those Venetian masks. Let’s try to save Venice!
Ciao from Milano….
Video Journalist: Bruno Boelpaep
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