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Destinations

Uproar over Rome’s plans to build a barrier around the Trevi Fountain

Critics have called plans to put an anti-tourist barricade around one of the city’s most iconic attractions “truly foolish”.

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Venice uses mobile phones, surveillance cameras to track tourist movements

Be sure to clear your search history before your next trip to Venice, because officials have started gathering mobile data from tourists.

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Destinations

Rome moves souvenir stands away from famous tourist sites

The Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the Piazza Navona are set to be souvenir-stand-free. Thank the Lord.

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Cruise

Venice: Thousands protest in the rain as city gets hit by yet another high-water event

by Christian Fleetwood

Thousands of Venetians have braved bad weather to take to the streets to protest over frequent flooding in the city and the impact of giant cruise ships.

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Destinations

These are the destinations we need to rethink in 2020

As we approach the roaring 20s, more voices are calling on the industry to rethink how and when we encourage people to travel. These are the places we need to be cautious about.

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Is Venice about to become two separate cities?

Taking inspiration from Brexit and Catalonia, the floating lagoon region of Venice is mulling breaking away from the larger metropolitan area.

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Intrepid releases annual ‘Not Hot List’ to combat overtourism

Do your clients hate the idea of having to battle mammoth crowds just to catch a glimpse at another monument? Well, these alternative destinations will wow their socks off.

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Tourism

Venice mulls smoking ban in historic centre

The city’s mayor, who is known to enjoy the occasional cigar, said he was inspired by Tokyo’s smoke-free zones.

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Cruise

Venice cruise ship reforms to have limited impact, expert says

It appears the plans of Italy’s transport minister to curb cruising in Venice‚Äôs historic city centre have been given a bit of a reality check.

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Cruise

Venice to reroute cruise ships from Grand Canal following protests

by Christian Fleetwood

Venetians are set to have some relief with the news that Italian authorities are making progress toward rerouting large cruise ships away from the overburdened Guidecca Canal.

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Tourism

You can now be fined for sitting on the Spanish Steps

Police in Italy’s capital have begun enforcing a string of groundbreaking new tourism rules, and one prohibited activity may come as a shock to visitors.

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Tourists cop hefty fine for making coffee on the steps of Venice’s Rialto bridge

Of all the places to set up your travel cooker, the city’s most famous and historic bridge is probably not the best choice.

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