Venice’s ban on cruise ships is a vital step towards saving the city from disaster | Neal E Robbins

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The Italian government has finally taken action to help avert an environmental catastrophe in this fragile lagoon

If anywhere offers an example of how the battle to save heritage and the environment has shifted during the pandemic, it’s Venice.

A world heritage site in a lagoon, a city that Charles Dickens once described as “beyond the fancy of the wildest dreamer. Opium couldn’t build such a place…” has been riven by a struggle over its future, pitting residents and environmentalists against rightwing local politicians.

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