A to Z of Destinations
Australia, NZ and South Pacific
A to Z of Experiences
Walking and trekking
Diving and snorkelling
Wildlife and safaris
Meet the locals
Frontier and expedition
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Visiting the Poles
Career breaks and BIG trips
Body and soul
Volunteer and conservation
Australia, East Coast
United States of America
Everest Base Camp
Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian railway
Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro
Cruising the Nile, Egypt
15th April 2013
Yesterday saw the city's canals motorboat-free for the first time ever, in an attempt to stop the city crumbling
The one-day ban, which lasted from 10am until 3pm, was an attempt to highlight the city's environmental problems. Banning motorised vessels from Venice's canals is part of a larger attempt to halt the eroding and sinking of the world-famous city. Man-powered gondolas were immune from the ban.
A representative from Italia Nostra, an association working to preserve the city, said: “We hope it'll make Venetians more aware of how lovely the city could be if we insist on boats only with electric power.”
Campaigners believe that two-stroke marine engines, which produce large volumes of fumes, are the cause of some of Venice's problems. The acid from this pollution is thought to be speeding up the erosion of the city's medieval structures. These structures are also reportedly slowly sinking into the lagoons, something worsened by the large number of vessels moving around the canals, causing constant currents and waves lapping at the buildings' foundations.
Currently, there are around 7,000 small craft registered to traverse Venice's waterways. Eventually, officials would like to see a switch to electric-powered or man-powered vessels.
What do you think? Would electric vessels and man-powered gondolas make for a more peaceful (and protective) atmosphere? Or would Venice lose some of its charm? Post your comments below.
You must be logged in to leave a comment. Login or get more from Wanderlust - register today!
Weekend bans sound good, however all the essential city services are carried out by motorboats. Maybe it would be better off, in which case it would have to become an open-air museum. More on that and life in Venice: http://www.escapefromamerica.com/2013/04/a-venetian’s-venice-looking-back-at-my-expat-life-in-italy/
From a conservation and tourist's perspective, 'no motorboats' is definitely the way forward. But how do you do this when, as Deia pointed out, the residents (and the tourists!) rely on motorboats for rubbish disposal, deliveries and emergency services? Timed access? Incentives to switch to electric boats (there's something wrong with electric boats in water)? Helicopter drops for deliveries?
Anything that can be done to protect the city must be done. Venice would be more charming not less. Were electric vehicles impractical for emergency vehicles (speed of response?) they could possibly be exempt
Wonders of the world you have to see before you die. Top 10 travel icons like Machu Picchu, Kilimanjaro, Petra, Taj Mahal, the Great Wall, Angkor Wat and more
Italy travel guide, Italy tourism and travel information including facts, maps, culture, transport, weather in Italy, and popular places to visit
Iguazú Falls is where three countries collide, so if you’ve got a week you can explore Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay in a single trip for a real South American adventure...
It’s where most Antarctic expeditions start, but should you linger any longer than a day?
100 years after Shackleton set off on his ill-fated mission to cross Antarctica, we follow in his footsteps – through iceberg-littered seas, over treacherous landscapes, and alongside some of the world's hardiest wildlife
Radical stain-removing treatment promises to peel away the years on the pollution-ravaged Unesco World Heritage monument
Arriving in November 2015, the park is designed to celebrate Italian cuisine and to help rescue the country's faltering economy
The Egyptian government has taken steps to reassure travellers, following months of political unrest in the country, arguing now is the perfect time to visit
Simply select the destination you’re interested in or the activities you’re looking
for and we’ll send your request to a select panel of tour operators.
Each operator will respond to your request individually. Your details remain private
and are not disclosed to any partners unless you decide to proceed with a booking.
Travel by coach for just £9!
10% off natural mosquito repellent from incognito
Up to 50% off your 2015 UK summer break
Wanderlust sends out regular email newsletters – be the first to know about web
exclusives, competitions, hot offers and travel jobs. Register today!
I have read and agree to the Terms &
Where in the world are you? Add
#wanderlustmag to your tweets and share your latest travel adventures with
fellow Wanderlusters on wanderlust.co.uk
Get to know Wanderlust on facebook and bring all your travel-minded friends, too