New exhibition examines the effect of cruise ships on Venice

A controversial new photography exhibition in Venice’s Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) highlights the impact of super-sized cruise liners on the fragile lagoon city.

Port of Venice, Italy.

Port of Venice, Italy. Image by David Blaikie / CC BY 2.0

Thirty striking black-and-white images taken by Gianni Berengo Gardin show huge cruise liners dwarfing the city’s elegant architecture as they pass by Piazza San Marco and through the Giudecca canal. The Italian Environment Fund is hoping that the images will make people realise that cruise ships are putting the city of Venice ‘in peril’, but the city’s conservative mayor is a supporter of cruise ships and denied permission for the exhibition to be held in the city-administered Doge’s Palace. Read more:

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