From January 2014, the number of cruise ships allowed through Venice will be cut by 20%

The Italian government has announced it will impose restrictions to the number of large cruise ships that pass through Venice. Environmentalists have protested against the ships, saying they damage the city's fragile lagoon, BBC reports.

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From January 2014, the number of cruise ships allowed through Venice will be cut by 20%. Ships of more than 96,000 tonnes will be banned from the centre of the city from November next year.

Concerns over big ships sailing too close to shorelines have increased since the Costa Concordia cruise liner ran aground off a Tuscan island in January 2012, killing 32 people.


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