Venice, Italy

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“Venex­o­dus” protest: Crowds of Vene­tians marched through their city’s nar­row, over­crowded streets last Satur­day to protest against the ef­fects of tourism. The demon­stra­tors car­ried empty suit­cases to sym­bol­ise what they re­fer to as their steady “Venex­o­dus” from a city that has seen its res­i­dent pop­u­la­tion shrink from 175,000 in 1951 to just un­der 55,000 to­day. Vene­tians blame sev­eral fac­tors for the de­cline in num­ber, in­clud­ing high prices caused by the surge in tourism; the chal­lenges of liv­ing in an over­crowded, car­less city; and con­cerns about flood­ing. Some 25 mil­lion peo­ple a year now visit Venice, many of them de­bouch­ing from vast cruise ships that moor in the lagoon. Images of Vene­tian al­leys clogged with peo­ple dur­ing the All Saints hol­i­day week­end filled Ital­ian news­pa­pers last week, rekin­dling the de­bate about lim­it­ing ac­cess to the city via a quota sys­tem.

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