In conclusion, Venice-one of the world most famous tourist attractions is slowly but surely dying. If the warning are ignored then before long a very precious city at least could become a ghost town with no local population, its heritage and culture lost but worst still could become a victim of global warming and rising sea levels, flooded to a point where it is no longer fit to inhabit if not destroyed all together. A location that served it well in the past is now turning against it and tourists are only making the problem worse.
There needs to be rapid investment in constructing sea defences and perhaps a good idea would be to have a closed season to tourists which would alllow work and restauration to be done to its infrastructure, thus preserving it to the future. More thought should be given to its inhabitants to ensure that there is affordable housing, medical facilities and bigger variety of food shops. Also that its culture should be documented and tought in schools to the Venecian students.
Warning about Venice have been caming for a long time but now its problems are critical and can no longer be ignored. Perhaps also to help the locals they could create tourist only areas that would not disturb the local population. As far as the canals are concerned the use of propeller driven and power boats should be restricted to stop the propellers doing damage to the canal banks, a use for which they were never intended.
The Venecians are the ones that only know the city better than any one else but can also see the damage that has been done which for the short visit by a tourist would not be obvious, it is important that this knowledge is not lost and that its government listens to them.
With the knowledge I have now about Venice much as I would love to visit it I now realise that I would become a part of the problem and perhaps the best way to see it would be through media and documentaries.
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