Sumary of A View On Venice: Chaos Returns To The Canal City:
- [+] (Photo by Luca Zanon/Awakening/Getty Images) Getty Images Giovanni Biasin’s 1887 panorama of Venice, currently on show at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, is a vast, paradisiacal view of the city.
- After months of surreal tranquility amid coronavirus lockdowns and travel restrictions, overtourism seems to have come back with a vengeance this summer.
- Visitors queue in their hundreds for the vaporetto and onboard the idea of social distancing is laughable.
- There have been reports of altercations between locals, tourists and boat personnel when overcrowding means passengers have to be turned away.
- Aboard a packed waterbus heading to the Lido, I wistfully recall the vaporetto in Biasin’s scene, with just a handful of passengers exhibiting exemplary social distancing.
- A crowded vaporetto in Venice (Photo by Luca Zanon/Awakening/Getty Images) Getty Images To combat the unsustainable levels of tourists, the city authorities recently announced that the long-planned tourist tax will finally be put into action next year.