18 July 2021

Italy bans large cruise ships from Venice.

Large cruise ships will be banned from entering the Venice lagoon as of August 1, the Italian government announced Tuesday 13 July 2021.

It follows years of warnings they risk causing irreparable damage to Venice's ecosystem.

"The decree adopted today represents an important step for the protection of the Venetian lagoon system," Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said in a statement.

The move affects vessels longer than 180 meters (530 feet) or higher than 35 meters.

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